Please read and follow these procedures. They will make you more
comfortable and will help to prevent any possible complications.
CARE OF YOUR MOUTH:
Start brushing, flossing, and continue your prescribed oral
hygiene regime immediately. You may have to GO EASY at first, but make
every effort to keep your mouth plaque free. We recommend rinsing your
mouth several times on the day of treatment, with warm salt water (¼ tsp
salt to glass of water).
Some discomfort is expected when the anesthesia wears off.
Usually a couple of acetaminophen or ibuprofen will eliminate any
discomfort. Sensitivity to cold or touch may temporarily occur. Removing
all plaque from the tooth surfaces and bruising with a fluoride tooth
paste or fluoride that we may prescribe will usually reduce or eliminate
sensitivity in a day or two.
Your next meal should be soft. Avoid any hard, gritty foods such
as peanuts, popcorn, chips, hard bread for at least 3-4 days. Also, it
is best to avoid hot, spicy foods and alcohol for 24 hrs.
Slight bleeding may continue for several hours following the
procedure. This is not unusual and should stop. If bleeding persists
beyond a few hours, please call our office.
Very seldom does swelling occur. If it does, rinse your mouth
every couple of hours with warm salt water. (use ¼ tsp salt to 8 oz.
Please refrain from smoking for 24 hours or longer after scaling
and root planning procedures. Tobacco use interferes with the healing.
Avoid any aerobic activity for the rest of the day; e.g.,
jogging, tennis, racket ball, anything strenuous. Take it easy.
Scaling and Root Planing
A regular preventative cleaning removes only the soft sticky
plaque that is above the gum. Scaling and root planing is done to remove
tartar or hard crusty calculus that is loaded with bacteria, around and
below the gum. It is a method of treating gum disease when pockets have
formed around the teeth.
Scaling is a procedure that meticulously removes contamination,
toxins, micro-organisms, plaque, tartar and calculus that has permeated
around and below the gum line in order to obtain a healing response.
Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth
with a curette so the gum tissue can more firmly reattach to roots that
are clean and smooth to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity problems. The
procedure makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate on the root
surfaces. Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning,
your mouth will be numb to minimize any discomfort. The cleaning will
usually take two visits to complete depending on the extent of the