Why do I feel sensitivity after teeth cleaning
Posted: Dec 11 2017Source:
There is a small space between your teeth and your gums,the plaque that remains on your teeth in this space can become hard within a matter of days as your saliva begins to deposit minerals into it.
This hardened plaque is called calculus, commonly known as “tartar.” Calculus can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning using special scaling instruments. When a lot of tartar has built up on your tooth surfaces, especially below the gum line, it’s removal can sometimes lead to increased tooth sensitivity.
The hard tissue that covers the root(the part of the tooth which is hidden under the gum inside the bone)is much less calcified than enamel is, making it more sensitive to irritants and temperature changes in the mouth. In order to protect the sensitivity anatomy of the root, your gums and underlying bone closely “hug” and insulate it from these sensations.
The tartar accumulating under the gums is widening and deepening this space between your gum and your root surface. It destroys the fibers that attach the gums to the tooth, and, if left long enough, will begin destroying supporting bone. Unfortunately, this destruction is usually a silent process that most people do not even realize is happening.
When your dentist or hygienist has removed this toxic tartar, you are now left with an enlarged pocketed area which is the space where the tartar use to be. This space is open to the mouth and the root surface is exposed to the hot and cold sensations, bacteria and other irritants it would otherwise have been covered with by tartar or protected from if the gum tissue was attached to it more snugly as it used to be.
Sometimes, there is so much tartar that has built up over time and is so far deep under your gums that it cannot all be removed in one appointment Your hygienist will then ask that you make another appointment in few weeks time. During this time your gums may be a little swollen from the scaling treatment, much like any wound would swell after being treated. The swelling will go down and shrink back to a level that will allow your hygienist to revisit the area in order to remove the remaining tartar safely and with less sensitivity.
Destroyed gum tissue and attachment fibers are much more difficult to repair as they do not grow back once damaged,with proper home care, and given time this pocketing of the gum can be reduced in size.
Destroyed gum tissue and attachment fibers are much more difficult to repair as they do not grow back once damaged, with proper home care, and given time this pocketing of the gum can be reduced in size.