Post-Operative Instructions Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling Root Planing Post Op Instructions
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. The purpose
of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the
gum line. The goal is to produce clean, smooth teeth and roots, which will promote
healing of the inflammation and gum infection.
After scaling and root planing, avoid eating anything on the area being treated for two
hours or until the dental anesthetic has worn off completely.
To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm saltwater rinses. Use one teaspoon of salt for every 3 ounces of water.
Resume your home care regimen immediately but be gentle with the area recently treated.
Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing. Tobacco will
delay healing of the tissues.
You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take
ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol unless you are allergic or have medical conditions that
prevent taking these medications.
You may find your teeth are more sensitive now that the tarter and bacteria have been
removed. We have applied Flouride to help manage the sensitivity. Home use of our
recommended CTX Flouride Gel will also help manage the sensitivity.
If you have persistent discomfort or swelling that occurs after scaling and root planing,
contact the office for instructions as soon as possible.
AV Sierra Dental Center
520 W. Palmdale Blvd., Suite O
Palmdale, CA 93551
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm Saturday: 8:30 am – 2 pm (2nd Saturday of every month)