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Excessive scaling

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Posted by: blockmenot  (9 years ago)
Hi all!

After a couple of years of not visiting the dentist, I went in today for a dental cleaning. There were excessive plaque build up at the bottom of some of my teeth. Right after I left the dentist's office, I looked in the mirror and noticed that my lower front teeth have slightly tilted sideways and there is a small gap in between them. Is it possible that the excessive or forceful scaling could have caused these? Any ideas please? Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: Manchy  (9 years ago)
Is it possible that the excessive or forceful scaling could have caused these? Any ideas please?
My answer to that would be "less likely".
Excessive plaque build up, I would assume it was excessive calculus build-up because it needed scaling. Do you recall a gap being there long time ago and was blocked-out through time. I think the gap might have been there all the time and was just block-out with calculus and now after that has gone it feels strange to you.

I hope that helps,
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Posted by: advice_seeker  (9 years ago)
You could have a bone loss underneath the plaque. The plaque could have served as the strength or support of the tooth, so it stayed in place even if you have bone loss in there. Now that the plaque has been removed, your tooth doesn't have the support anymore that is why you now see it in a different position.
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Posted by: kodakguy  (9 years ago)
Some dentists or dental hygienists do get a little aggressive in trying to clean off the tartar layer from the tooth but this is not enough to move a tooth.
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