Please read and follow these steps. They will make you more comfortable and prevent possible complications.
CARE OF YOUR MOUTH: If your gums are bleeding, lightly rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water. One teaspoon salt / 8 oz. warm water until bleeding stops. If bleeding does not stop or is severe please call our office. Otherwise rinse with antimicrobial rinse/power rinse.
DISCOMFORT: Your gums and teeth may become uncomfortable after scaling and root planing. Pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol should eliminate any discomfort. Sensitivity to cold may temporarily occur. Removing all plaque from the tooth and brushing/rinsing with a fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse will help reduce the sensitivity.
SWELLING: Swelling or jaw stiffness rarely occurs. However if it does, place a warm moist towel to the face in the area of stiffness.
EATING: Your next meal should be soft. Avoid any hard foods like Fritos, potato chips, popcorn, etc. for the next 3-4 days. If you had local anesthetic, do not eat until the numbness in your tongue is gone. If you are hungry, you may drink a shake.
SMOKING: Please do not smoke following scaling and root planing procedures. Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing. Refrain from smoking for 48 hours or longer.
BRUSHING/FLOSSING: Brush and floss your teeth as normal following your treatment. You may have to be extra gentle if your gums are sore. Refrain from flossing for 10 days if Arestin is used. An electric toothbrush is recommended to aid in removing more plaque.
Rinse/Waterpik: If we place Arestin antibiotic in your sulcus, please do not use the waterpik in those areas for 10 days. If Arestin was not placed, then feel free to use your waterpik. If you received Oxyfresh rinse, rinse twice daily until your bottle runs out. Mix Waterpik with half water and half Listerine Zero.
FOLLOW UP: You will need a follow up Fine Scale and Polish visit after all Scaling and Root planing is complete. It is critical that we see you every 3 months to clean your teeth again to avoid bacterial recontamination and to evaluate your progress.
Periodontal disease, unlike other diseases, cannot be cured by your doctor or medication. Maintaining this disease will largely rest on your efforts. Our part of the treatment is only the beginning. It is critical that you follow the oral hygiene and medication regimens. Without your commitment to a healthy mouth, your efforts and ours will have been a waste.
The oral hygiene team and the doctors of Imagecare Dental are on the cutting edge of periodontal therapy. We are dedicated to providing you the finest, most proven treatment available. Whether it’s treating periodontal disease or providing regular cleanings for you and your family, our hygiene team is committed to helping you achieve and/or maintain optimal oral health.
If any problems arise, please feel free to call our office.