Illustration of a mouth with gum disease receiving a scaling and root planing treatment

What to Expect After Scaling & Root Planing

April 21, 2023 1:06 pm

Plaque and tartar buildup in the mouth can cause problems like tooth decay and gum inflammation. In some cases, it becomes necessary to conduct a deep clean beneath the gum line and smooth out rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that helps treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If you have a scaling and root planing appointment scheduled, here is what to expect after the procedure.

  1. Numbness
  2. Your mouth will still be numb from the local anesthetic immediately after the procedure. This will wear off in a few hours. Avoid chewing until feeling is fully restored to your mouth, otherwise you could accidentally bite your cheeks or lips.

  3. Tooth Sensitivity
  4. Following your scaling and root planing, your teeth may feel more sensitive than usual. This is normal and should subside in a few days. Avoid foods that are very hot or cold to help mitigate this side effect. You may also want to avoid sweet treats for a while, as sugar can also trigger tooth sensitivity.

  5. Discomfort
  6. You may also experience a headache or temporary discomfort after the procedure. Like tooth sensitivity, these aches will ease up over a short period of time. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease the soreness, if necessary. We also recommend eating soft foods in the first few days so as not to exacerbate your discomfort.

  7. Bleeding
  8. You may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth the first few times after a scaling and root planing procedure. This should stop as your gums begin to heal from the treatment.

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At Dickson Family Dental Care, our goal is to ensure that every patient has a positive experience before, during, and after each visit to our office. If you have any questions following a dental procedure, our team is always here to help!

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