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Old 09-07-2017, 08:18 AM   #1
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How can I put this, yesturday I went to the dentist for a basic appointment, X-Ray, cleaning, find out if my teeth are in good shape or bad shape etc.

It has been years since my last visit to the doctor, and I went to this one office that only accepted Medi-Cal insurance, so it covered the basic check up. Anyway during the appointment, they did the X-Rays using this round device they stuck in my mouth and I bit down on it.

When I did X-Rays years ago I remember biting down on a smaller square shaped thing it was much easier, maybe this dentist office used old school stuff?

Then the X-Rays did not come through, they did but not so clear due to their old school laptop not connecting to the device so well until it did connect. All and all they said my teeth were in good shape according to the X-Rays.

Next up was the teeth cleaning with the paste which they did. Then I was told I needed a deep cleaning done and should get it done right away. The cost would be $200.00

All in all this dentist place I did not like at all. And now I am afraid to get a deep cleaning done whether it'd be this same location or a new location. How much do deep cleaning's run, I've heard cheap ranging from $50-90 to $100-150 down to $200 and up.

I also really do not want to throw up during the deep cleaning IF I do decide to do it. I know they can numb you up, but I've heard that DOES NOT work, and you can still feel pain and even the shot going into the gums etc.

Not sure what to do here. Just really nervous about it all.

 
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

Maybe you need deep cleaning and maybe you don't. When I went to a "low-cost" dentist, covered by insurance, they told me I needed deep cleaning too. In my opinion, it was bait and switch. They invite you to come in and get everything done at no cost to you. But then they say, "you need deep cleaning and insurance doesn't cover that."

So then I went to a dentist that was not covered by my insurance. The dentist was recommended by friends of mine. I pay 89.00 per cleaning twice a year and extra for x-rays but they are not recommending deep cleaning.

It has been over ten years since I was told that I needed deep cleaning, I didn't get it and my gums are healthy. And I haven't lost any teeth.

Why don't you try another dentist and get a second opinion. Especially due to the fact that you didn't like them and from what you said, they seem somewhat incompetent.

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Old 09-08-2017, 08:40 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, you could be right. Well I did end up calling some other dentist officer's and the price range they gave me was lowest $150 all the way to $650. Other people online and offline are telling me, if I go the low route of $150, I won't get a good job done, as opposed to paying more in the $200-300 range. What do you think of that?

 
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:28 PM   #4
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Yes, I believe you are not likely to get a good job done at the $150 range. I had deep cleaning about 20 to 25 years ago and I'm trying to remember how much I paid. I know it was expensive. He did it in sections, like upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left - one section per visit. To the best of my recollection, it was $100 per section for a total of $400..

My gums were very bad at that time, not pink but deep red at the gum line and would bleed easily. So there was no doubt in my mind that I needed deep cleaning. The dentist told me that deep cleaning was not a permanent solution to gum disease. He said, "This is not a cure, eventually you may need to have it done again, depending on how you take care of your teeth." He told me I would need to follow up with about 2 or 3 cleanings per year.

I eventually bought an electric tooth brush and that was a big help. It worked so well that my current hygienist cut my cleanings down from 3 to 2 per year.

$400. seems like a lot but the way he did it was like surgery. The gums were lifted away from the teeth so he could get under and do the cleaning. That's why they call it deep cleaning. Anyway, he must have done a good job because my gum disease did not return. Yours may or may not be that bad so the price could be more or less. I can't be sure.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Old 09-08-2017, 04:03 PM   #5
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Yeah I am going to get my x-rays and go to another dentist and another dentist and ask around and see what the ending results may be. I just looked at my gums and see that they are pink, not red so that's good no?

 
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:28 PM   #6
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Well I picked up my X-Rays and went to another new dentist, and as it turns out, this new dentist told me, that I have some cavities on my left side. And do need a deep cleaning done.

So my questions are as follows,

Can I be put to sleep when doing the deep cleaning? Because i know the numbing process will not work, because you still feel it, others on this forum have said so.

I would feel most comfortable with being put asleep than the numbing. Also why do I have to do the cleaning in sections? Isn't that dumb, like if I get the ride side done one day, and then go home and eat, and go back the next week, for the left side, the right side is already dirty again lol.

Why not get the whole mouth cleaned then you don't have to worry about dirtying the cleaned process etc.

And with the cavities how can I get those fixed so that they never return?

What is the right way to eat and clean your teeth and mouth to prevent from getting any bad news about your teeth.

 
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:52 AM   #7
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

In a previous post (09/08/17) you said your gums are pink, not red. And if your gums don't bleed when you brush your teeth and floss, then I wonder how they decided that you need deep cleaning? You should ask them.

As far as being put to sleep for the cleaning, I suppose that's possible. I don't know if all dentists do that, I was never given that option for any procedure. But I have heard a dentist advertise on the radio that he does that. You will just have to ask them if they offer it.

My dentist did my teeth in sections because each section needed a lot of work, by his estimation. Also, I got a lot of shots, maybe 3 or 4, to numb that section, and that was the worst part for me. I can't imagine doing all of it in one procedure and getting 12 to 16 shots in one day. Ouch!

It might be best for you to find someone who will do it while you're asleep.

About cavities: I had one dentist years ago who told me I had eight cavities that needed to be filled. He was a new dentist who had just bought the business from my old dentist who was retiring. I found out that my old dentist was coming in once a week to help the new guy with the transition. So I made an appointment to come back in to see my old dentist.

When I came back a week later, I asked how it was possible to get 8 cavities in such a short period of time. He checked my teeth and said he still didn't see any cavities. So I asked: "Why is the new dentist telling me I have 8 cavities?" He was very diplomatic about it: He said, "Well, dentistry is not just a science, it's also an art and different dentists see different things."

He said some dentists practice aggressive dentistry. That means if they see a little dark spot on your tooth they want to treat it as though it's a cavity because they think it might become a cavity. But, in my opinion, the new dentist was dishonest because I got three more opinions and none of the other dentists saw any cavities. It's been over 20 years and I haven't had any cavities.

Perhaps you should ask, "Is it an actual cavity, or just a spot?" By the way, I got a total of four opinions and they were all different. But the first dentist was the only one who saw cavities.

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Old 09-14-2017, 03:01 PM   #8
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

I don't want to do any of it period. It is going to hurt and I will probably get sick. I just don't like any of this at all.

And whats up with the NEW X-Ray's with the oval thing, instead of the small squares? I remember the small squares when I got X-Rays years ago.

 
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:06 PM   #9
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In a previous post (09/08/17) you said your gums are pink, not red. And if your gums don't bleed when you brush your teeth and floss, then I wonder how they decided that you need deep cleaning? You should ask them.

As far as being put to sleep for the cleaning, I suppose that's possible. I don't know if all dentists do that, I was never given that option for any procedure. But I have heard a dentist advertise on the radio that he does that. You will just have to ask them if they offer it.

My dentist did my teeth in sections because each section needed a lot of work, by his estimation. Also, I got a lot of shots, maybe 3 or 4, to numb that section, and that was the worst part for me. I can't imagine doing all of it in one procedure and getting 12 to 16 shots in one day. Ouch!

It might be best for you to find someone who will do it while you're asleep.

About cavities: I had one dentist years ago who told me I had eight cavities that needed to be filled. He was a new dentist who had just bought the business from my old dentist who was retiring. I found out that my old dentist was coming in once a week to help the new guy with the transition. So I made an appointment to come back in to see my old dentist.

When I came back a week later, I asked how it was possible to get 8 cavities in such a short period of time. He checked my teeth and said he still didn't see any cavities. So I asked: "Why is the new dentist telling me I have 8 cavities?" He was very diplomatic about it: He said, "Well, dentistry is not just a science, it's also an art and different dentists see different things."

He said some dentists practice aggressive dentistry. That means if they see a little dark spot on your tooth they want to treat it as though it's a cavity because they think it might become a cavity. But, in my opinion, the new dentist was dishonest because I got three more opinions and none of the other dentists saw any cavities. It's been over 20 years and I haven't had any cavities.

Perhaps you should ask, "Is it an actual cavity, or just a spot?" By the way, I got a total of four opinions and they were all different. But the first dentist was the only one who saw cavities.

With 3-4 shots, and the numb-ness taking effect, did you feel NOTHING AT ALL? Or you still felt pain, be honest.

 
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

Don't have the deep cleaning done if you don't want it, and definitely don't go where you feel they are incompetent.
My dad had gingivitis and he had a very good specialist(he was a University dental specialist) tell him to gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of bacteria, and just brush with baking soda everyday.
The specialist did one deep cleaning and he said if you get a regular cleaning 1 to 2 times a year you don't need a deep cleaning. My dad previously hadn't gone to a dentist in many years and that's why the specialist recommended a deep cleaning, and because of the gingivitis. (The gingivitis did need to be treated because it was severe)
Since then, my dad hasn't had any problems with his teeth and says the baking soda works just as well as toothpaste, the rest is a lot of hype.

The other thing is, go to a place where they proclaim they are gentle or sedation dentists. Some hygenists just get in there and ream away on you like they're mad at the world, others have a gentle touch and know when to back off or give you a little rest when you need it. So, you can call or ask around. It took me awhile to find someone I liked.

 
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

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With 3-4 shots, and the numb-ness taking effect, did you feel NOTHING AT ALL? Or you still felt pain, be honest.
First of all, the dentist was very rough with the shots. He would put the needle in and then jack it around, like he was shifting gears. Where the heck did he learn that? I have had needles before by other dentists and never experienced that.

Was there pain during the procedure? I can't say that there was but all the rough digging and scraping was extremely unnerving. After all four secessions were over, I said to myself, "Never again."

That's why I followed the advice of my regular dentist and got 3 cleanings per year for many years, and I made sure to brush and floss according to the hygienist's instructions.

And I believe diet is very important too. Highly processed junk food is definitely out. Processed foods contribute to inflammation. And I believe my diet has helped. I probably would have done it anyway because it's not just for the welfare of my teeth, it's best for overall good health and wellbeing.

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Old 09-15-2017, 08:53 PM   #12
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Don't have the deep cleaning done if you don't want it, and definitely don't go where you feel they are incompetent.
My dad had gingivitis and he had a very good specialist(he was a University dental specialist) tell him to gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of bacteria, and just brush with baking soda everyday.
The specialist did one deep cleaning and he said if you get a regular cleaning 1 to 2 times a year you don't need a deep cleaning. My dad previously hadn't gone to a dentist in many years and that's why the specialist recommended a deep cleaning, and because of the gingivitis. (The gingivitis did need to be treated because it was severe)
Since then, my dad hasn't had any problems with his teeth and says the baking soda works just as well as toothpaste, the rest is a lot of hype.

The other thing is, go to a place where they proclaim they are gentle or sedation dentists. Some hygenists just get in there and ream away on you like they're mad at the world, others have a gentle touch and know when to back off or give you a little rest when you need it. So, you can call or ask around. It took me awhile to find someone I liked.

Okay, define regular cleaning, what is the process there?

When I went to the dentist back on the 6th of this month, I went in got an X-Ray done, with the ROUND thingy, instead of the square shaped small ones, not sure why the small one's were not used.

And then the nurse not the dentist the assistant nurse cleaned my teeth but only used paste and did minor flossing thats it.

When I had cleaning's before I remember this same process years ago, but felt this time with this new dentist they just did not do a good job. Does the regular cleaning just use paste brush the teeth and floss and thats it or more?

Aren't your teeth suppose to be white after this regular cleaning and your bad breathe gone 100% as well during this regular cleaning, thats what I recall years back too.

 
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:58 PM   #13
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First of all, the dentist was very rough with the shots. He would put the needle in and then jack it around, like he was shifting gears. Where the heck did he learn that? I have had needles before by other dentists and never experienced that.

Was there pain during the procedure? I can't say that there was but all the rough digging and scraping was extremely unnerving. After all four secessions were over, I said to myself, "Never again."

That's why I followed the advice of my regular dentist and got 3 cleanings per year for many years, and I made sure to brush and floss according to the hygienist's instructions.

And I believe diet is very important too. Highly processed junk food is definitely out. Processed foods contribute to inflammation. And I believe my diet has helped. I probably would have done it anyway because it's not just for the welfare of my teeth, it's best for overall good health and wellbeing.
Yet you said "NEVER AGAIN' yet you did it AGAIN 3 times each 1 year? Like hello whats up with that?

So what should we eat then to prevent ANYTHING from happening to our teeth and having to do a deep cleaning period?

What is the BEST electric tooth brush and tooth paste to use to prevent the tarder and all that bad stuff from coming back?

How can you floss when your teeth are stuck so close together? What floss is the best to use?

Are there any CURRENT tooth brushes or pastes or even mouth washes that will rid of the bad stuff already in your mouth, so you won't need to do a deep cleaning at all?

And I am going to call more dentists and take more price's and ask questions until I find one to my liking MAYBE.

 
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John is saying I believe that he would never have the DEEP cleaning again. Regular cleaning is as you describe it, just basically brush your teeth, maybe use a little pick to get a little extra build-up off, and a flossing. That's it. No guarantees your teeth are going to be white or get rid of bad breath. That's partially going to be on you to do really good brushing and flossing everyday.
Certain foods and drink are known culprits: pepsi, coffee, hard candies or caramels, etc.
They have special things you can buy at the store for bridges or teeth too close together for floss, they are called floss inserters, or something like that and you take the little gadget, put the floss thru it, and then pull the floss through. Then you just do the best you can.
Most toothpastes contain flouride which will help with cavity prevention, but like I mentioned, my dad's dentist said you could use baking soda just as well.
Mouthwash like Scope or Listerine declare they help with bad breath, but the truth is, if you have gut problems, or constipation, you will have bad breath from that, no amount of mouthwash will cure bad breath when its a stomach issue.
After a deep cleaning if you follow these guidelines, you shouldn't ever need a deep cleaning again. Most people like to follow up with a regular cleaning once a year though to prevent cavities.
Hope this helps!

 
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Re: Deep Cleaning Does It Hurt and What to Expect?

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Yet you said "NEVER AGAIN' yet you did it AGAIN 3 times each 1 year? Like hello whats up with that?
The 3 cleanings were regular cleanings, not deep cleanings.

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So what should we eat then to prevent ANYTHING from happening to our teeth and having to do a deep cleaning period?
Eating healthy foods will not take the place of regular dental care that you get from a dentist.

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What is the BEST electric tooth brush and tooth paste to use to prevent the tarder and all that bad stuff from coming back?
Philips Sonicare electric rechargeable.

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How can you floss when your teeth are stuck so close together? What floss is the best to use?
Sometimes my teeth are tight and sometimes not. You might ask your dentist how to deal with that.

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Are there any CURRENT tooth brushes or pastes or even mouth washes that will rid of the bad stuff already in your mouth, so you won't need to do a deep cleaning at all?
Not that I know of. Nothing will take the place of regular dental care by a dentist.

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And I am going to call more dentists and take more price's and ask questions until I find one to my liking MAYBE.
Great! Don't give up until you are satisfied that you have had all of your questions answered to your satisfaction.

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