Scaling & Root Planing / Deep Cleaning

To minimize the discomfort and encourage proper healing following your scaling and root planing, follow these instructions:

Pain - Some discomfort is normal after scaling and root planing.  To minimize pain, take Tylenol®, Advil®, or ibuprofen as directed on the label.  Take pain medication before the anesthesia wears off.  If prescription pain medication is prescribed, take it as instructed on the label  Do not exceed the dose on the label.  Taking pain medication with food or milk will help reduce upset stomach.  Do not drink alcohol and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery when taking prescription pain medications.  

Saltwater Rinses - A saltwater solution (1 teaspoon salt + 8 ounces warm water) swished in your mouth for 2 to 3 minutes every hour may make your mouth more comfortable.

Brushing - Use a soft toothbrush at least 2 times a day.  Be gentle and clean thoroughly.  Slight bleeding may occur during brushing as the gum tissues begin to heal after scaling and root planing.

Diet - Avoid strong spicy seasonings and hard crunchy foods for the next few days.

Smoking - No smoking is recommended after scaling and root planing.  Healing and the success of the treatment will be substantially reduced by cigarette smoke chemicals in your body.

Sensitivity - As the tissues heal, some temporary sensitivity to cold may occur.  Use a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne®.  A fluoride gel such as Prevident® or Gel-Kam® can be used 4 times a day for 1 to 2 weeks.  

Continue use of any oral hygiene aids that have been recommended such as dental floss, Perio-Aid®, rubber tip, Sonicare®, Proxabrush®, Gel-Kam® fluoride, Peridex® mouthrinse, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at (302) 421-9960.