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When they clean your teeth, do they put you under anesthesia?

Dental cleaning

It's time to put your teeth in the hands of professionals and perform a dental cleaning that will not only leave them beautiful, but also healthy and free of caries. However, there are many people who, today, continue to think that this type of treatment is synonymous with pain.

Luckily, technology and science have advanced enough to avoid pain these days!

One of the most common questions we have in our clinic is whether, when performing a dental cleaning, we apply some type of anesthesia to avoid discomfort.

To be able to answer this question well, you need to know exactly what is a dental cleaning

Dental cleaning in detail

Known as dental prophylaxis, this type of cleaning has a key objective: remove bacterial plaque and tooth decay that has accumulated over time.

And no matter how well you take care of your teeth, it's normal for a bit of carrion to accumulate. Cavity that can damage gums and teeth causing diseases that endanger the integrity of the dental structures themselves.

The plate it is a substance with many bacteria and is composed of leftover food and waste. It is usually located in the areas with the worst access, where it is not visible to the naked eye and you can "camp at your leisure". Right in the margin of the gum. What's the problem? What once it is generated, a simple toothbrush cannot kill it.

Hence the importance of going to dental professionals to get rid of this annoying guest completely.

The amount of plaque generated is multi-factorial and also depends on one's own genetics of the person There will always be people who generate more or less plaque. So, if your case is that you generate too much, you have tofurther accentuate hygiene measures.

How is a dental cleaning performed?

One is usually used planned ultrasound device that with a low caliber tip destroys by vibration, the Carrell that is in contact with your teeth. This slight vibration causes plaque and other surface stains to be removed.

It is common to use as a complement, an instrument with compressed air and very small grain substances, to more easily remove stains from the dental surface. Then, an instrument with a small rubber or brush will polish the tooth with a special paste to make it perfect.

When is it appropriate to perform a dental prophylaxis or cleaning?

The ideal is to do a dental check-up a year in which, in addition to checking that no caries have appeared or that any teeth are damaged, a general cleaning is carried out.

Where are the exceptions? Precisely in patients who, due to genetics, medicinal alterations or poor hygiene, accumulate an excess of carrel. In these cases it is recommended to go as a minimum twice a year to perform a dental cleaning.

How do you know if you need it? Two keys:

1. If when you brush, your gums bleed.

2. If you can see with the naked eye remains of dental plaque.

If you want advice in person, you will find the Albiol Dental Clinic in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Is it painful to have a dental prophylaxis or cleaning?

It all largely depends on the current state of your mouth. If you have any type of condition such as bleeding gums, caries or exposure of the roots due to loss of sopot, you may notice discomfort when performing it.

In this case, dental cleaning is called: deep dental cleaning, scraping or curettage. With it, different types of anesthesia can be applied.

So don't worry... There are solutions!:

With the deep dental cleaning you have to wait an average of 2 to 4 weeks to see the results. In this way, the professional will be able to check that the condition has improved. In some cases, additional treatment may be needed. These are less frequent cases, where deep cleanings are not enough because the bacteria have reached places that are too deep and inaccessible.

In any case, a patient who has undergone this kind of cleaning must be trained in special brushing and diet techniques. Techniques that will prevent microorganisms from re-entering and causing the disease to reappear.

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Dental anesthesia

Dental anesthesia has a goal: make any treatment painless.

Currently there are different types of anesthesia that are used according to the particular case of each patient. To do this correctly, it is necessary that you always explain well what your "oral history" has been in case the dentist does not know it.

The dental history is just as important as the medical history. For example, the hypertension, is a factor to take into account when performing a treatment with anesthesia.

The professional will be in charge of assessing your case and choosing the best type of anesthesia for you.

Differences between basic and deep cleaning

Basic cleaning Deep cleaning
– It is used when oral health is correct.
– They do not require anesthesia.
– The results are immediate.
– An annual review (at least) is sufficient.
– They do not require additional treatments.
– They do not cause discomfort.
- It is used when the oral health presents a problem such as bleeding, gingivitis or periodontitis.
– It requires anesthesia to avoid pain during the process.
– You have to wait several weeks to see the results.
– More annual reviews are needed.
– They may require additional treatments if the bacteria have not been completely eliminated.
– They are more annoying than basic cleanings (something that is corrected with the use of anesthesia)
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To sum up:

one simple dental cleaning, where the teeth and gums are in good condition, does not require anesthesia and it won't hurt you.

If you have any type of condition such as gingivitis, periodontitis or excessive sensitivity, if it may require the use ofanesthesia as a means to avoid pain: it will be what is known as a deep dental cleaning.

And what to do so that these conditions do not see the light of day in your mouth?

Good dental hygiene and annual visits to your trusted dentist! Two basic keys to take care of your dental health. contact us and we will advise you.

We want to be your trusted dental clinic in Vilanova i la Geltrú!


Albiol Dental Clinic