Does Scaling and Root Planing hurt?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by maninbrain@hotmail.com, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Hello..

    Good Morning, Dentists and Dental Students.....

    I need to hear some testimonials to put my mind at ease.

    With Novacaine...does scaling and root planing hurt? I am the world's
    biggest baby about going to the dentist...which is why I am having all
    this done - I had my first checkup in ten years yesterday. Anyway,
    they couldn't even give me a cleaning because I need to come back a few
    times for scaling and root planing. I completely trust the dentist,
    who is a good friend of my family, and who is hailed as a great dentist
    by everyone I know. Anyway, he said he's going to give me novacaine
    for each session, so that makes me feel a little better...but just the
    word "root planing" scares the shit out of me. So could someone help
    me so I can put my mind at ease!? I realize that I'm paying the price
    for my own stupidity in deliberately avoiding the dentist for a decade,
    but I'm really nervous about this.
    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

    -Doug
     
    , Jan 27, 2005
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  2. W_B Guest

    On Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:41:46 GMT, "The Real Paul" <> wrote:
    Yeah, what he said.
    Dentists don't use Novocaine® anymore.
    It hasn't been manufactured in some time.
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    W_B

    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 27, 2005
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  3. Guest

    Well I have never heard the terms before yesterday. The dentist said
    "Scaling and Root Planing." He said it would be two to three
    appointments, and he said it would require novacaine. They "measured
    my gums" with a hook and wrote down a bunch of numbers. Is this real
    scaling? Is this dentist trying to trick me?

    The reason I asked about pain, regardless of the novacaine, is because
    of the term "root planing" and how I would imagine that would be
    painful based on reading the pamphlet he gave me. I am honestly just
    not aware whether or not novacaine blocks out that kind of
    pain...that's all.
     
    , Jan 27, 2005
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  4. Tony Bad Guest

    <> wrote in message
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    Sounds real to me.

    T
     
    Tony Bad, Jan 27, 2005
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  5. W_B Guest

    On 27 Jan 2005 09:36:58 -0800, wrote:
    It's called a periodontal probe.
    What do you recall as the most frequent numbers ?
    Doubtful after 10 years of neglect.
    Novocaine® is not manufactured anymore and for quite some
    time to the best of my knowledge.

    Scaling = removing calculus (tartar) from the crown and root(s) of the teeth.

    Root Planing = smoothing the rough root surfaces to inhibit new calculus formation.

    When done with anesthesia it is not painful during the procedure and usually only
    results in some soreness of the gingiva (gum tissue) afterwards.
    There may be some thermal sensitivity of the teeth afterward that is easily treated.

    Try to be calm, this is considered a routine treatment.

    --

    W_B

    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 27, 2005
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  6. Guest

    I know and I realize I'm making a big deal over nothing. Just curious.
    This has all been helpful. Thanks. I know he's not trying to trick
    me, I was just joking, having been surprised by the one strange replay
    about how this is probably not "true scaling" (or something like that).
    I only know what he said. And I know the guy.

    As for the novacaine, I'm sure he just used the term "novacaine"
    because it is a familiar term that means "numb" to the average moron
    like me.
     
    , Jan 27, 2005
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  7. Tony Bad Guest

    "The Real Paul" <> wrote in message
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    Ahhhh....I see you have jumped to the conclusion that the patient is getting
    REAL scaling and root planing, which, as you indicate, would involve the use
    of anesthetic to properly complete. Sadly, what I have found in speaking
    with patients and friends, is that a considerable amount of "scaling and
    root planing" is actually a cleaning stretched over two or more
    appointments, and rarely involves anesthesia, just a bit more agressive than
    normal cleaning.

    T
     
    Tony Bad, Jan 27, 2005
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  8. CWatters Guest

    Don't panic. The injection is the worse part. I've had teeth pulled out and
    the injection is still the worse part.

    Personally I find it helps if the dentist/assistant is pretty :)
     
    CWatters, Jan 28, 2005
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  9. On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 09:04:01 GMT, "CWatters"
    <> wrote:
    30% of the patients claim,

    "Doc I had no idea you already pulled the tooth!"

    Strange but true.


    Joel

     
    Joel M. Eichen, Jan 28, 2005
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  10. Guest

    The funny thing is...the reason I wonder whether I'll have pain,
    despite the anesthesia, is because when I was a kid I had two teeth
    pulled. I had anesthesia, and it still hurt like hell. That was about
    20 years ago, though.
     
    , Jan 28, 2005
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  11. On 28 Jan 2005 05:08:43 -0800, wrote:

    Dentists are better today, perhaps due to increased competition!

    No one wants to be known as a hurtin' dentist.


    Joel
     
    Joel M. Eichen, Jan 28, 2005
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  12. W_B Guest

    On 27 Jan 2005 10:23:07 -0800, wrote:

    But now you are a semi-informed dental consumer...
    like Adenosine... ;-]
    --

    W_B

    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 28, 2005
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  13. W_B Guest

    On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 08:15:29 -0500, Joel M. Eichen <> wrote:
    Except for Dr. Payne...
    --

    W_B

    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 28, 2005
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  14. Dr. Steve Guest

    On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:12:51 GMT, W_B <> wrote:
    He was a classmate of mine.
    ...
    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan, USA

    I am writing on a Tablet-PC,so forgive me if the PC misreads my handwriting.
     
    Dr. Steve, Jan 28, 2005
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  15. W_B Guest

    On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:23:40 GMT, Dr. Steve <> wrote:

    Did you also know Dr. Hertz ?
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    W_B

    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 28, 2005
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  16. Dr. Steve Guest

    On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 17:36:02 GMT, W_B <> wrote:
    No, but Geoff Paine was in my class. Great guy.
    ...
    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan, USA

    I am writing on a Tablet-PC,so forgive me if the PC misreads my handwriting.
     
    Dr. Steve, Jan 29, 2005
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  17. On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 02:14:05 GMT, Dr. Steve <>
    wrote:
    I always thought that was a joke, you know, they told you his first
    name or something.
     
    Joel M. Eichen, Jan 29, 2005
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  18. Dr. Steve Guest

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 07:18:09 -0500, Joel M. Eichen
    <> wrote:
    Honest,,,,, Geoffrey was in my class and still practices dentistry
    here in Michigan.
    ...
    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan, USA

    I am writing on a Tablet-PC,so forgive me if the PC misreads my handwriting.
     
    Dr. Steve, Jan 29, 2005
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  19. W_B Guest

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 18:51:41 GMT, Dr. Steve <>
    wrote:

    There should be a law...

    --
    W_B


    Take out the G'RBAGE
     
    W_B, Jan 30, 2005
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