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Post Operative Scaling and Root Planning Instructions

Following a deep cleaning procedure, some patients might have some concerns as to what is to be expected following their appointment. These instructions will help you feel more comfortable and aid in the goal of creating healthy gums.

What Can I Expect?

 Your gums may become “achy” or sore following the procedure. Ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) and Acetominophen (Tylenol) work best to eliminate any discomfort or swelling caused by inflammation. Sensitivity to temperature, particularly cold, is not uncommon. Using anti-sensitive toothpaste (Sensodyne) and a fluoride rinse (ACT) help to re-mineralize tooth structure previously exposed to plaque and tarter.  Jaw stiffness may also as the result of keeping your mouth open for extended periods of time as well. If this happens apply a warm compress to the area most affected.

What Can I Do?

Following any gum therapy procedures, it is advised that the patient rinses their mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of water just above room temperature) until the general soreness has disappeared. Meals should be limited items of softer consistencies. Try to avoid foods such as potato chips, pretzels, popcorn and nuts for the next 3-4 days. If the patient is a smoker, they should refrain from smoking for a minimum of 24 hrs. Tobacco is an irritant that will interfere with the healing process and in most studies has been linked to the onset of periodontal disease. In general, our office recommends all patients to try to eliminate the habit of smoking all together.

It is always better to be safe than sorry, so if you have any questions or concerns please call our office to speak to our staff.