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Gum/tooth Scaling

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#1 Clementine


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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:05 AM

Yesterday I had to have one quadrant of my mouth scaled. The numbers were 6 and 7 in the bad area. I woke up this morning and it looks as though I have a tennis ball in my mouth. I do not have any pain at least. My Dr. said if it's swollen tomorrow to call. I am worried. They found a piece of cement in my gum yesterday, likely from a crown I had placed over two years ago. I am so upset. I wonder if this piece of cement was the reason I needed the scaling in the first place.
My mouth is so swollen that I can't even look inside my mouth. Just want to know if this is normal.

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 10:32 AM

Tang, I feel bad for you... Never having had scaling done before, It just sounds like it would hurt alot :( I sure hope you don't have pain for much longer, you poor thing :unsure:

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 11:50 AM

i have had scaling before and its painful but I didn't have any \swelling... I wouldnt mess around with swelling after scaling it could be an absess or just a localized infection...i sure hope you were on antibiotics... I hope your mouth feels better I bet it hurts...

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:48 PM

Oh My Goodness Tangelo! What you are going through right now doesn't sound too pleasant. Scaling? Never had it done. Never want it done. I agree with Amy on the swelling issue. Are you on antibiotics? I'm thrilled there's not pain.

Please stay close with your doctor and keep him updated on how you are doing. If the swelling isn't going down by tomorrow, please call him! Let us know how you are doing.

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 02:22 PM

Oh Jenny,

Ouch ouch and more ouch. I have never had that done either. Sounds horrible. I would think some soreness would be in order, but it sounds like you are way past that. I would give the dentist a call and have them take a look at it. I hope by the time you read this its getting better.

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:33 PM


Sounds like you got an infection from the scaling. Take it from one who gets the deep scalings often. That's why I always dreaded general cleanings as well, always got an infection afterward.

Did your dentist have you on an antibiotic prior to the scaling, afterward?

If not, get on one now! Big lump is NOT NORMAL.

Let me know how you made out.

It is what it is...........

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 08:09 PM

Ouch Tangie!

I hate going to the dentist! I keep putting it off. Never had the scaling. So sorry you had to, sounds awful.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:47 AM

Thanks everyone! The procedure was not that bad because you are numbed. OK, the shots were terrible but they are over quickly.
I called the dentist again today to ask what I could do, as it's still swollen and I know that is not typical. He gave me a Medrol pack. He thinks it's just the healing process and he doesn't believe it to be an infection because it's not red nor do I ache. I guess time will tell.
I wouldn't be such a spaz about the swelling but I leave for my sister's wedding on Wednesday and it's going to be really special...and who wants to look like elephant man.

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 11:25 AM

I had it done about 2 months ago, 2 different sessions, top one day and bottom another, was totally numb, little pain after nothing that tylenol didn't help, but I didn't have swelling, call your dentist right away, sounds like an infection..

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