Most patients experience little or no discomfort after scaling and root planing.
Avoid eating anything until the anesthetic has worn off. Once the anesthetic has worn off, eat a soft food diet, until it is comfortable for you to eat your normal diet.
Some bleeding, such as a pink tinge to your saliva, after scaling and root planing is normal. If, however, there is increased bleeding, apply firm pressure with gauze for 20-30 minutes, or rinse with cold water.
Many patients experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a few days following the deep cleaning. If the sensitivity persists, use toothpaste made for sensitivity, like Sensodyne.
It is normal for your gums to be sore after the deep cleaning. Rinsing with a warm saltwater rinse can be helpful. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.
Mild, over the counter pain medication should ease your discomfort following the deep cleaning. We recommend combining two Ibuprofens (such as Motrin) with two Acetaminophens (such as Tylenol).
It is not necessary to brush and floss the night of the deep cleaning appointment. However, it is very important to begin good oral hygiene-brushing, flossing, and other techniques discussed during the deep cleaning appointment-the next day. This is necessary to help with the long-term success in treating periodontal disease, along with three month cleaning maintenance appointments with the hygienist.
Several days after your treatment, your gums should appear pinker, less swollen, and bleed less when you floss. These are signs of healing and improving dental health.
If you have persistent discomfort or swelling or bleeding contact the office.
If Arestin was applied during your treatment, please follow these instructions:
- Wait at least 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices designed to clean between teeth in treated areas.
- Don’t touch treated areas for one week.
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for one week.