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Post – Op Instruction for Scaling & Root Planing


Is a non surgical treatment for gum disease (aka periodontal disease), which the purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line. It promotes healing of the inflammation and infection of gums.

To minimize the discomfort and encourage proper healing following you’re scaling and root planing do the following:

• After the procedure, take aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) before the anesthetic wears off. Continue to take one tablet every four hours for the next two days.

• Avoid eating anything for two hours or until the dental anesthetic has worn off completely.

• Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds for the next several days.

• To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. (1/2 teaspoon salt + 8 ounces warm water).

• Resume your home care regimen immediately; use a soft toothbrush at least two times a day. Be gentle and clean thoroughly. Slight bleeding may occur while brushing as the tissues begin to heal.

• Smoking should be stopped, because tobacco will delay healing of the tissues.

• Avoid strong spicy seasonings, and hard crunchy for the next few days.

• As the tissues heal, some temporary sensitivity to cold may occur. Use a desensitizing toothpaste, Perdix rinse, or fluoride gel (Gel-Kam or MI Paste) frequently (at least 4 times/day) for 1 to 2 weeks. Also, the cleaner the teeth are kept, the less sensitive they will become.

• If you have persistent discomfort or swelling that occurs after scaling and root planing, contact the office.


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2575 Snapfinger Road, Suite G
Decatur, GA 30034
Phone: 678-252-5320
Fax: 770-323-2442

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