Scaling & Root Planing
WHAT TO EXPECT…
- The areas being treated are completely anethesized during the procedure. You should expect to be numb for a few hours after the procedure. If you eat before all the numbness has gone away, be very careful you do not bite your tongue or cheek.
- Your gums and teeth may be tender and sensitive for a few days after the procedure.
- Generally, over-the-counter pain relievers are effective in controlling any discomfort after the procedure.
- Your gums should appear less red (more pink), less swollen and less prone to bleeding within two weeks of the procedure. Good oral hygiene habits will help keep your gums healthy; however, you may still need more frequent professional cleanings.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO…
- You may take any non-prescription pain reliever that you normally take for minor pain according to package instructions. If you have problems controlling pain, please contact the office.
- If you were prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed and take them until they are all gone.
- If you ware prescribed an antibiotic mouth rinse (e.g. Peridex), use it as directed, but for only five days. Prolonged usage of this mouthwash may stain your teeth.
- Avoid the following during the first 24 hours after a scaling & root planing: vigorous physical exercise, smoking, foods that are extreme in temperature or spice, mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
- Eat a well-balanced, diet. Chew on the side opposite the treated area until it is comfortable to chew on the treated side.
- Rinse with warm saltwater three times per day for the first few days after the treatment (1/2 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water).
- Thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least daily. Do this for the rest of your life!
CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF…
- You have a reaction to any prescribed medication.
- Your pain is not adequately controlled by over-the-counter pain relievers.
- You have any other questions or concerns about the procedure or the post-procedure healing process.
- More frequent professional cleanings are the standard of care after a scaling & root planing. Plan to visit your hygienist at least every three months for at least the first year after a scaling & root planing.
- Depending on the severity of your gum disease, additional procedures beyond a scaling & root planing may be needed to bring your mouth into a state of oral health.