Scaling and Root Planning

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

In the healing phase after the completion of SRP, the gums will ideally begin to tighten, shrinking the periodontal pockets. Swelling, redness and inflammation will also resolve. As things heal, this tissue tightening/ healing may expose more of your tooth roots than you are accustomed to seeing. This is normal.

Refrain from smoking for 24-48 hours after the procedure to ensure healthy healing of gum tissues. Warm salt water rinses can help aid in the healing process.

It is normal to experience some discomfort after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. Tooth sensitivity is common after treatment and usually resolves within 1‐2 weeks. Avoid ice cold or hot drinks and foods while teeth are sensitive.

If any tooth sensitivity or discomfort persists, please contact our office.

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