Post Operation Patient Care Instructions
Post-Op: Scaling and Root Planing
ACTIVITY: After leaving our office today,
we suggest you consider relaxing or at least limiting your activity
for an hour or two. Avoid strenuous activity today and
aerobic exercise such as running, tennis, weight lifting etc.
DISCOMFORT: It is normal to experience
some discomfort for several days after scaling and root planing,
including sensitivity to cold or touch. To reduce soft tissue
soreness, you may rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt
water (1/4 tsp. of salt in a cup of warm water).
Generally, 400 to 800mg Ibuprofen (i.e. two to four
over-the-counter tablets of Advil, Motrin, or generic ibuprofen)
every six hours, is all that is needed for post-operative soreness.
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to Ibuprofen, or have been
advised not to use it, you may take up to 1000mg of Acetaminophen
(i.e. three regular Tylenol tablets or two extra-strength Tylenol
tablets) every six hours.
ORAL HYGIENE: It is important to continue to
brush and floss normally to keep all areas of your mouth clean.
Also, rinse as described above as needed.
INFECTION: Infections are rare, but can occur
after scaling and root planing. If you notice that a few days after
your procedure pain and gum swelling are increasing, please call
BLEEDING: Bleeding will stop slowly, and light
bleeding may continue for a few hours after scaling and root
planing. If bleeding persists or increases, please call our
EATING AND DRINKING: After each appointment
when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be
numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing
until the numbness has completely worn off. Also avoid spicy,
hot, acidic and hard foods for a few days while your gums heal from
the scaling and root planing.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our
Binghamton office at 724-1389, or our Endicott office at