Post-Op Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing – Austin, TX
Recovering from Gum Disease Therapy
When gum disease has advanced to a certain stage, scaling and root planing can be administered to remove the bacteria causing the infection and prevent it from coming back. It involves going deep under the gumline and clearing out plaque and then making the rough roots too slick for it to build up again. The following consists of post-operative instructions you need to follow after scaling and root planing:
- After treatment, your gums must be maintained through brushing and flossing at home and professional care on a consistent basis. We may also recommend adding an antimicrobial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine.
- In many cases, we treat only one half of your mouth in one appointment. Make sure you come back to complete the procedure on all your teeth and gums. Also, keep in mind that you may need to return to our office for retreatment every three or four months moving forward to make sure the infectious bacteria are truly under control.
- With a local anesthetic, you shouldn’t chew or have hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. Until then, you run the risk of biting or burning your tongue or lips while they’re numb.
- Before the anesthetic fades completely, take ibuprofen, which will reduce swelling or pain at the sites where the anesthetic was injected and the gums were treated.
- Don’t be alarmed if your teeth feel more sensitive than usual to hot or cold temperatures or to sweets. When the gum tissue heals, it shrinks. You may use a sensitivity toothpaste or fluoride rinses to help lessen this symptom over time. If your tooth sensitivity persists or becomes severe, we may need to intervene.
- For a few days afterward, we recommend a soft food diet and avoiding using the area of your mouth that was treated, if possible.