Scaling and Root Planing
1. If a local anesthetic was used, avoid chewing foods until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue and cheeks.
should subside with in four hours and definitely within a few days.
Discomfort immediately after treatment is usually associated with slight
throbbing or aching and occasionally may be uncomfortable.
or a non-aspirin analgesic should be taken as recommended to reduce
discomfort. If tooth sensitivity persists, use a desensitizing
toothpaste containing potassium nitrate. If the sensitivity is severe or
prolonged, contact Dr. Tall. A professional application of
desensitizing agent may be required.
4. Teeth may be
sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. The sensitivity to
temperature may be noticeable the first several days and usually
diminishes quickly. Application of a desensitizing fluoride may be
5. Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several times brushing but should steadily decrease.
6. As the gums heal, they may change their shape around the teeth. This is
normal as they tighten.
7. Chewing hard
foods such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable. This should
last only a few days. A nutritious diet of foods with a softer
consistency is advised until chewing becomes more comfortable.
8. If gum tissues
are tender, brush your teeth gently but thoroughly. Gentle brushing may
take a little more time than normal. By the third to fourth day, normal
oral hygiene techniques may be resumed.
9. Mouth rinsing
is recommended with either an antimicrobial or warm salt-water rinse.
Use of either of these rinses should be limited to two consecutive
10. If symptoms are sever or persistent, contact Dr. Tall’s office without hesitation.
If Discomfort Persists
If discomfort persists, call Dr. Tall at his office during office hours, at home after hours, and if there is no answer call his cell phone.