Periodontic Scaling and Root Planing

Root planing is the first step in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.  Following scaling and root planning, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues.  Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better.  Your gum health must be maintained with proper homecare, as instructed, and regular professional care.

  • If an anesthetic was administered for your treatment, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment.  Avoid any chewing and hot foods or liquids until the numbness has completely worn off.  It is easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while numb.
  • It is recommended that you take some Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) before the anesthetic completely wears off.  This will help with any swelling or pain at the injection sites where your anesthetic was administered. 

Pain & Discomfort
  • Take all medications as directed. Do not take medications that you are allergic to.  If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
  • It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets.  This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size.  Brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may help alleviate this over time.  If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required. 

  • Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Refrain from smoking 24 hours or longer after scaling and root planing procedures.
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious soft food for a few days after treatment.
Oral hygiene
  • Following treatment, you can rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water) to get relief from any soreness and to help keep the treated area clean and free of any debris.
  • Consistent and thorough daily oral hygiene is essential to the proper healing of your gum tissues.  Brushing, flossing and rinsing with recommended products are critical. Use any recommended or prescribed products as directed by your Dental Hygienist.
  • If you had antibiotic placed under the gums (which continues working for 14 days after treatment) follow oral hygiene instructions from your Dental Hygienist.
Follow Up Treatment
  • The success of your treatment depends on keeping all of your scheduled appointments and maintaining your home care as explained by your Dental Hygienist. 

Following most dental procedures there may or may not be pain, depending on the patient’s threshold of pain.  You will be provided with a prescription for appropriate medication for discomfort.  In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be given consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin).  If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully.  If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office, your physician and/or your pharmacist.
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION, NOTIFY DR MORRIS OR A MEMBER OF OUR OFFICE STAFF BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT (780) 790-0088.  For emergencies after hours, please call Northern Lights Regional Health Centre at  (780) 791-6161