Family, General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Scaling and root planing therapy is a procedure that involves removing bacterial plaque and tartar from the root surface below the gumline with instruments and ultrasonics. It may also require removal of diseased tissue within the pocket with a laser. The goal of this treatment is to allow reattachment of the gums to the clean root surface and to shrink the periodontal pockets to levels that can be maintained by daily flossing and brushing. The following guidelines have been prepared for you in order to maximize healing and minimize any discomfort.

  • You may take a non-aspirin analgesic to relieve any tenderness or discomfort, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Eat a well-balanced soft diet for today. You may chew on the opposite side of the treated area until it is comfortable to chew normally.
  • Rinse with a warm salt water rinse, ¬? teaspoon in an 8 oz. glass of water, three times a day.
  • Brush your teeth very lightly in the treated area the first night. Then begin flossing lightly as well the next day, gradually increasing to normal force by the week?Äôs end.
  • After flossing and brushing, rinse with chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex), if it was prescribed, for at least 60 seconds. Do this at least twice daily.
  • Several days after treatment your gums should begin to appear more pink and less swollen, and they will bleed less when you floss. These are signs of healing and improving periodontal health. If you have any questions or problems, please call our office.

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17753 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, Florida 33548

Phone: (813) 963-1900 | Fax: (813) 963-1991

E-mail: creatingsmilesflorida@gmail.com

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