Post- Op Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing Therapy

 

Rinsing: You may rinse with a saltwater solution (1 tablespoon salt + 8 ounces warm water) as needed. 

 

Discomfort: Some discomfort is normal after the therapy is complete. To minimize pain, take 500mg Tylenol and 600mg ibuprofen together every 6 hours until bedtime to maintain comfort. Take it before the anesthesia wears off. 

 

Numbness: The local anesthetic will cause you to be numb for 2-4 hours after you leave the office. Be very careful not to bite, chew, pinch, or scratch the numb area.

 

Homecare: Continue brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily to effectively remove plaque and bacteria. A Waterpik is an excellent tool to flush away plaque build up below the gum surface. We recommend using a Waterpik once daily before bed.

 

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*Please call us at (816) 229-4560 if you have any questions or concerns following your treatment.