Fine 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: It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after scaling and root planing, including sensitivity to cold or touch. To reduce soft tissue soreness, you may rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water). Generally, 400-800mg ibuprofen (i.e. two to four over-the-counter tablets of Advil, Motrin or generic ibuprofen) every six hours, is all that is needed for post-operative soreness. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to ibuprofen, or have been advised not to use it, you may take up to 1000mg of Acetaminophen (i.e. three regular Tylenol tablets or two extra strength Tylenol tablets) every six hours.

Activity: After leaving our office today we suggest you consider relaxing or at least limiting your activity for an hour or two. Avoid strenuous activity today and aerobic exercise such as running, tennis, weight lifting, etc.

Oral Hygiene: It is important to continue to brush and floss normally, also to follow any additional instructions given by your hygienist.

Bleeding: Bleeding will stop slowly, any light bleeding may continue for a few hours after scaling and root planing. If bleeding persists or increases, please call our office.

Eating and Drinking: After each appointment with anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

If you have any other questions or concerns please call our office at 440-543-5020.