- Scaling and root planing therapy is a procedure that involves removing bacterial plaque and tartar from the root surface below the gumline with instruments and ultrasonics. It may also require removal of diseased tissue within the pocket with a laser. The goal of this treatment is to allow reattachment of the gums to the clean root surface and to shrink the periodontal pockets to levels that can be maintained by daily flossing and brushing. The following guidelines have been prepared for you in order to maximize healing and minimize any discomfort.
- Refrain from eating for at least 2 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off.
- Most patients experience little or no postoperative discomfort. The most frequent complaints are slight tenderness of the gums and tooth sensitivity to cold drinks and foods. However, if you feel it is necessary, take extra-strength acetaminophen (Tylenol) pain relievers that are not aspirin types. Avoid aspirin until tissues have healed. It is important to remember to brush and floss as usual, just be a bit more gentle until your mouth feels better. Warm saltwater rinses can help the healing process, a teaspoon in an 8 oz. glass of water, 3 times a day. Depending on the extent of the treatment you may want to avoid tough, crunchy, or spicy foods for a few days or until your mouth feels better. Several days after treatment your gums should begin to appear pinker, less swollen, and will bleed less when you floss. These are signs of healing and improving periodontal health. If you have any questions or problems, please call/text our office, 855-Go-Super(467-8737)