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freaking beaker out
beeker121
I went to the dentist today and I have a cavity.  I'm mildly freaked out by that, mostly because it's the first cavity I've ever had (and yes I realize that any sympathy I might have gotten from some of you just went away).  So I get to go in next week for a filling which I am not so much excited about.  Ah well...


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Root planing: they numb your mouth and scrape any tartar, etc off the root of your tooth below the gum line. I've had it done twice about a decade apart.

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Pretty much. Push back the cuticle and then scrape with metal tools everything they can reach.

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I think I'm special - whee. They only do it if your gums have pulled away from your teeth far enough (periodontal pockets of 4 and 5) to put you at greater risk for gum disease. Once everything is clean the gums can re-attach to the teeth more fully, or at least that's the theory.

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