PO Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing

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PO INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

Following scaling and root planing, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding and less swelling of your gum tissue. Your mouth will taste better and feel better. Your gum health can then be maintained with proper homecare and 3 or 4 month periodontal maintenance care.

DISCOMFORT: Discomfort should not be acute and should subside in a few hours, definitely within a few days. Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight throbbing or aching and occasionally may be uncomfortable. This discomfort usually subsides in about four hours.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and /or sweets. The sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable following treatment. Application of prescribed fluoride toothpaste will help control sensitivity. We have the toothpaste available in our office for sale or can provide you with a prescription.

BLEEDING: Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several brushing's but the bleeding should steadily decrease.

APPEARANCE: As the gums heal they may change their shape around the teeth. This is normal as they tighten.

INSTRUCTIONS TO MINIMIZE SYMPTOMS:

DIET/EATING: If extensive root planing was performed, chewing hard foods, such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable; this should last no longer than a few days. A diet of a softer consistency would be advised until chewing becomes more comfortable.

DISCOMFORT/SENSITIVITY: If a local anesthetic was used avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue or cheeks. Acetaminophen or NSAID should be taken as recommended reducing discomfort.

ORAL HYGIENE: If gum tissue or teeth are tender, brush gently but thoroughly; this may take a little more time than normal. Brushing or rinsing may be recommended with either of the following:

  1. Prescription oral rinse (included in the program)
  2. Warm salt water rinse
  3. Prescription tooth paste (included in the program)
  4. Brush with the recommended Professional  Electric Tooth Brush and attachments (included in the program)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If symptoms are severe or persistent, please call our office immediately