Post Operative Instructions Following Dental Hygiene

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing therapy involves removing bacterial plaque and tartar from the teeth above and below the gum line. This reduces inflammation/infection and allows re-attachment of the gums to the root surface. The depth of the periodontal pockets is reduced thus allowing more efficient flossing and brushing.

  • Ensure you eat a balanced, nutritious diet to encourage healing of the tissues.
  • Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or acidic food and drinks. The sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable for the first several days and usually diminishes quickly.
  • Brushing with a sensitivity toothpaste should help alleviate sensitivity issues.
  • Gum tenderness may occur if a patient presents to the dental office with inflammation, bleeding, swelling of the gums and heavy tartar build up.
  • For any discomfort, you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), or rinse with a warm salt water rinse (1 tsp to 1 cup of warm water) for 30 seconds. Repeat the rinses as needed.
  • Discomfort or pain should not be acute and should lessen a few hours after treatment subsiding within 72 hours.
  • As the gums heal they will appear to be pink, less swollen, and will bleed less when you floss daily and gently brush your teeth and gums twice a day.