Sensitivity after “Deep Cleaning”
The explanation here is oversimplified for better understanding.
First of, deep cleaning is “not” the regular dental cleaning that is performed on patients routinely every 6 months or so. The roots of the teeth are scraped and the diseased gum tissue (pocket) is eliminated as well. Local anesthesia is usually given on the side where the deep cleaning is performed. Patients are expected to continue their oral care normally from the following day. I have had some patients experience sensitivity, discomfort, loose teeth, bleeding gums for a day or so, numbness due to anesthetic for several hours. All these are not unusual complaints caused by deep cleaning. The teeth and gums usually return to health in a few days to weeks. Patients are however required to visit us for evaluation in about 4 weeks or so. If you have fear or questions about deep cleaning and how it may help you, please call our office or respond to this blog.