POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING SCALNG AND ROOT PLANNING
Following scaling and root planning, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding and less swelling of your gum tissue. Your mouth will taste better and feel better. Your gum health can then be maintained with proper homecare and regular professional care.
DISCOMFORT: Discomfort or pain should not be severe 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. This discomfort usually dissipates with four hours.
TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and /or sweets. The sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable during the first several days and usually diminishes quickly. Application of a desensitizing fluoride may be recommended.
BLEEDING: Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several brushings but the bleeding should steadily decrease.
APPEARANCE: As the gums heal they may change their shape around the teeth. This is normal as they tighten with decreased inflammation.
INSTRUCTIONS TO MINIMIZE SYMPTOMS:
If extensive root planning was performed, chewing hard foods, such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable; this should last no longer than a few days. A diet of a softer consistency would be advised until chewing becomes more comfortable.
If local anesthesia was used, avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue or cheeks. Acetaminophen or a non-aspirin analgesic should be taken as recommended to reduce discomfort. If tooth sensitivity is severe and prolonged, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.
If gum tissues are tender, brush your teeth gently but thoroughly; this may take a little more time than normal. By the third or fourth day, normal oral hygiene techniques may be resumed. Mouth rinsing is recommended with either of the following solutions:
1. an antimicrobial rinse such as Chlorhexidine or Listerine
2. a warm salt-water rinse. Use of either of these rinses should be limited to one to two consecutive weeks.
If symptoms are severe or persistent, please call our office immediately.
Dag Zapatero, DDS, MAGD
3020 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23451
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