Scaling and Polishing

  • Following scaling and root planing, 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. You may notice as the gum tissue heals and the swelling goes away, more of the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. This is part of the normal healing process after periodontal treatment.
  • When anesthesia has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for a few hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off to avoid biting the inner area of the cheeks, tongue, or lips.
  • 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 times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may help alleviate this over time. If it does persist, we will recommend special toothpaste which can help decrease the sensitivity.
  • Consistent and thorough daily oral hygiene is essential for the proper healing of your gum tissues. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a recommended product is important. Use Listerine, or if prescribed, Chlorhexidine.
  • Avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or hot foods for the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp. salt in 1-cup warm water) 2 to 3 times daily until your gums are no longer sore.
  • Brush gently on the day of the treatment, if your gums are tender, to help remove the plaque that has started to reform. Start flossing the day after your treatment. Avoid toothpicks and electric toothbrushes until the next day after treatment.