Can a hygenist damage your teeth?
I'm not sure what to do and I hope you can offer some advice.
I'm a 40-year-old male who has never had sensitive teeth. (Other than 1-2 locations in my mouth with some receding and those spots at one time have been sensitive -- but that's it.) I have regular dental cleanings and appointments and my teeth are in okay condition.
Six months ago I went to my regular cleaning/dental appointment. This was only the 2nd time I had had this hygenist. She cleaned my teeth. The very next morning, while brushing my teeth, I had extreme sensitivity in one of my back molars. Over the next few days the sensitivity mitigated, but to this day I still have sensation with both hot and cold food/beverages in that area. I had never had this problem there before.
One week ago, I went back for another cleaning. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous, but I figured maybe the prior problem was a coincidence -- or maybe even it was a never-to-be-repeated error (like a hairdresser nicking your ear.)
After the cleaning, while my hygenist was polishing my teeth, I could feel sensitivity in areas I had never before felt. And over the last week, my teeth are sensitive in new areas -- and not necessarily areas close to the gum. I can feel this sensitivity every morning when I drink coffee, for example, the tips of my lower front teeth tingle with a sensitivity I have never before had.
I met privately with my dentist last week who (perhaps not surprisingly) told me that a hygenist could not damage the tips of my teeth. That more likely she had removed some calcification? that had built up. Unfortunately, this dentist only has the one hygenist, so if I don't go back to her, I will need to find a new dentist.
What do you professionals think? Is this a bad hygenist? Or is this a thorough hygenist who's cleaning better than others had done before her? Or is this something else? I'm fearful of returning to her -- although she is kind and warm and has a great manner. What do you advise?