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Sensitive teeth after cleaning

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Posted by: thaparsr  (9 years ago)
My dentist called me for a routine 6 monthly cleaning. In all my previous cleaning the dentist used the usual hand tolls, air and water spray to clean my teeth. On my last cleaning my dentist ran a fine drill between all my teeth creating huge gaps especially on my front lower teeth and made them super sensitive. I went back to him after a month when the sensivity did not reduce. The dentist advised he had only used the vibration. I told him I had come with no problem and I have now these huge gaps and sensitive teeth. It has been almost 1 year and the problem persists and I am now so afraid to go to a dentist for my cleanings. Was the last cleaning a normal procedure? How do I tackle my sensivity problem. I have lost faith in my dentist.
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My dentist called me for a routine 6 monthly cleaning. In all my previous cleaning the dentist used the usual hand tolls, air and water spray to clean my teeth. On my last cleaning my dentist ran a fine drill between all my teeth creating huge gaps especially on my front lower teeth and made them super sensitive. I went back to him after a month when the sensivity did not reduce. The dentist advised he had only used the vibration. I told him I had come with no problem and I have now these huge gaps and sensitive teeth. It has been almost 1 year and the problem persists and I am now so afraid to go to a dentist for my cleanings. Was the last cleaning a normal procedure? How do I tackle my sensivity problem. I have lost faith in my dentist.

I am confused. I don't know of any "huge drills" used for cleaning. A common instrument is an ultrasonic scaler that cleans teeth via ultrasonic waves. It emits a whine and a spray of water. Is this what was used?

Ultrsonic scalers are used all the time, and they don't produce big gaps between the teeth, unless there was a huge amount of tartar that was knocked off during the cleaning.

You can use a sensitive tooth toothpaste. If that does not work, the dentist can use a penetrating resin like Amalgambond to apply to the most sensitive root areas.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: thaparsr  (9 years ago)
Thanks for your reply Dr. Kim. I am sure I should not be having large amount of tartar when I am going for cleaning of my teeth every six months and I brush my teeth twice a day. The effected teeth are mainly the lower frontal teeth which are the easiest to clean and should not have large amount of tartar. It was not a whine and spray of water, it was difinitely which I could feel going between teeth. I quit smoking about 7 years back and it could be he was attacking these smoking stains during this cleaning session, mistaking it for tartar. But I had my last 6 monthly cleanings with same dentist. I feel the treatment you have suggested is what I need as the sensivity is more at the frontal teeth root areas. Thanks
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Posted by: dphob2  (9 years ago)
I'm not a dentist but from what I understand if you are prone to tartar the area most likely to have build up is the lower front teeth because of calcium and the proximity to the salivary glands. I get my teeth cleaned every three months and still have calculus in this area. The dentist is supposed to use the ultrasonic or scaler between your teeth...........
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