What to Expect After a Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning, also known as scaling or root planing, is one of the most common procedures we conduct to treat periodontal disease. We always discuss in depth with our patients what to expect both during and after a deep cleaning session, but here are a few things which will help you to prepare for what to expect after your appointment.

You May Experience Some Soreness

This is completely normal, and should only last a few days. If you do feel discomfort, we recommend taking Extra Strength Tylenol or similar over-the-counter medications such as Advil or Motrin. It’s also normal to experience sensitivity to cold foods and liquids following periodontal treatment, which can last 2-6 weeks. Using an over-the-counter fluoride rinse twice a day will greatly reduce this sensitivity.

Rinse and Repeat!

Beginning the day of your appointment, you can rinse with salt water 3-4 times per day for 4-5 days. This will help the gingival tissues to heal more quickly. Use ½ teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.

Resuming Normal Routines

As long as your hygienist gives you the green light, you’ll be able to resume your usual oral hygiene the same day of your appointment. Your gums may be tender, but brushing and flossing your teeth after scaling and root planing procedures is essential to maintaining a plaque-free mouth while your gums are healing. Once the local anesthetic wears off you may eat solid food, but should still stick to warm, soft food for as long as your soreness persists.

Deep cleanings, scaling and root planing are often necessary to treat periodontal disease. At Periodontal Health Center, we always put your comfort and experience first and will be sure to thoroughly explain the procedure and care instructions to our patients. Click here to request an appointment.

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