Deep dental cleaning – Is dental curettage painful

What is dental curettage? – Is dental curettage painful

Dental curettage, in simple words, is deep dental cleaning. Professional cleaning involves the removal of tartar and plaque from the teeth surface that is visible in the mouth. If there are certain deposits on the root surface, you need dental curettage. It is the process that involves the removal of plaque and tartar deposits from the roots. The most common concern among people, when we talk about curettage is: Is dental curettage painful? No, It is an entirely painless process done under local anesthesia by our team of gum specialists at Dr Sindha Dental Clinic Bharuch.

Indication of curettage

  • Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Pain or tenderness in the gums or soft tissues around the teeth
  • Chronic and persistent bad breath
  • Bone loss surrounding the teeth
  • Tooth mobility
  • Pus discharge around the gums

It is important to note that these are some common indications and it is in your best interest to get your complete examination done to know your eligibility. There may be cases where there is a presence of one or a few signs mentioned above that necessitates dental curettage.

Curettage vs scaling

Dental scaling or ultrasonic teeth cleaning is a process of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth’ surface. Curettage, on the other hand, is a deep cleaning that involves deep cleaning of the root surface. An ultrasonic scaler is used for dental scaling, and a manual curette is used for curettage. Both the treatment processes are entirely painless. Curettage is performed under anesthesia, whereas scaling is done with it.

Is it necessary to anesthetize?

In some cases where there is not much infected portion to be removed and the site of action is not deep, it can be done under topical anesthesia. However, in deep cleaning sessions, our experts at Dr Sindha Dental Clinic Bharuch prefer doing it under anesthesia to minimize the discomfort. Hence, if you ask us that Is dental curettage painful. The answer to it is NO!

How is deep cleaning or curettage done?

The first step is anesthetizing the tooth and surrounding areas. Once the area is numb, a curette is inserted in the pockets between the tooth and the gums. The pressure is on the tooth side to scrap off the infected root lining. The process is done in small strokes, making it a comfortable experience for you. This way, the tartar is removed from the root surface. The process is done until we achieve a smooth, clean, and healthy root lining.

When is a dental curettage necessary?

Dental curettage is done in advanced gum disease cases. The initial stages of the gum disease are limited to the soft tissues. The advanced stage, or pyorrhea, is when the disease infects the supporting tissues. If the curettage is not done, it leads to the advancement of disease and further complications like tooth mobility and tooth loss.

How long does it take?

The time taken depends on the severity of the case and the number of teeth involved. For a more detailed understanding of your case, it is best to get your dental examination done with our experts at Dr Sindha Dental Clinic Bharuch.