Scaling and root planing usually takes multiple appointments to complete. Most of the time, we treat one quarter or half of the mouth at one appointment. Most of the time, it is necessary to anesthetize the teeth and gums and therefore it is important to be cautious after treatment. Please avoid chewing food until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue, cheeks or lips. In addition, smoking should be avoided for at least 72 hours following these procedures.
Scaling and root planing helps your mouth and gums feel better, but following treatment, slight discomfort may be observed. If anesthesia is used, injections sites may also be sore. Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight aching; this discomfort usually dissipates within a few hours. Also, it is common for teeth to be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. This sensitivity to temperature may be noticeable during the first several days and usually diminishes quickly thereafter. Sometimes cold sensitivity persists and a desensitizing tooth paste may be prescribed to diminish the discomfort.
We recommend taking Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or Aspirin (2-3 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain) to alleviate the tenderness. Daily brushing and flossing are a must to maintain the health of your gum tissue. Daily plaque removal is critical for the long-term success of your periodontal health, as are regular cleaning appointments.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 806-857-3389.