Scaling and root planing
If your scaling and root planing treatment today involved anesthesia, it’s important to avoid hot liquids or chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. You may accidentally bite or burn your lips, tongue or cheek!
Mild to moderate discomfort can be expected and varies from patient to patient. Your teeth, gums, and jaw can all be sore or sensitive to pressure or changes in temperature. You may have injection site soreness. An ice pack applied to this area can help. Usually, any discomfort experienced after treatment goes away after a few days.
We recommend that you take a single dose of an over-the-counter pain medication before your anesthetic wears off. The ideal dosage and medication is 400 mg of ibuprofen (Advil). If you are not able to take this medication, 500 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the second best choice. Additional pain medications/prescriptions, if provided, will be explained to you. Do not take any medication to which you are allergic or which any doctor has instructed you not to take.
Your gums will likely feel sore; you can swish ½ ounce of warm, salty water for 30 seconds and spit out. This can be repeated 5-6 times per day.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dental professional to check the health of your mouth is a critical part of maintaining your gums and the effectiveness of your treatment today.