Post Op - Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing Care near Canandaigua, Victor & Geneva, NY

Scaling and Root Planing Post Operative Instructions

It is important that you are aware that the success of your periodontal therapy is largely dependent on you. Periodontal disease is not curable, but controllable; therefore, it is our goal to stabilize your condition and help you maintain good oral health. The use of recommended oral hygiene aids discussed during your treatment and regular periodic recare appointments can sustain periodontal health, reduce tooth loss and will greatly aid in the success of your care. 

Discomfort:
Your gums may be sore after therapy, especially as the local anesthetic wears off. Discomfort or pain should 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. To reduce discomfort, take ibuprofen, Tylenol or Advil, but not aspirin, every four hours.

Tooth Sensitivity:
Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. Please be advised this is common and may vary from person to person. Sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable the first several days and usually diminishes quickly. Application of a desensitizing fluoride may be recommended to help reduce tooth sensitivity.

Bleeding:
Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several brushings but the bleeding should steadily decrease. 

Appearance:
Following scaling and root planning, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding and less swelling of your gum tissue. As the gums heal they may change their shape around the teeth. This is normal while 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 then a few days. A diet of a softer consistency would be advised until chewing becomes more comfortable. If a local anesthetic was used avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue or cheeks. 

Oral Hygiene:
Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly at a 45-degree angle. Floss, hugging tightly to the tooth, all the way down until you feel resistance. During treatment, rinse with full strength Chlorhexidine two times a day for a full 3o seconds. Discontinue Chlorhexidine rinse at the end of treatment and rinse with Listerine Antiseptic in the AM and ACT Fluoride in the evening. Swish each product for 30 seconds spit out what you can, and do NOT rinse with water or eat for 30 minutes following application.

Please do not hesitate to call the office and speak with any one of our qualified team members if you have any questions. 
 We will be happy to assist you with any concerns you may have. 
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