Post Operative Instructions for Root Planing
WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING ROOT PLANING
ORAL HYGIENE: Your own oral hygiene will determine the type of healing response that occurs in your mouth. On the day of root planning gently brush around the gumline. Start flossing the day after the procedure is done. Tenderness when brushing or flossing may last for several days. Thorough plaque removal must accomplished and will help reduce tenderness and sensitivity, as well as maximizing healing. Start using any prescribed rinses immediately after the procedure.
DIET: Maintaining an adequate diet is essential to ensure proper healing. A few examples of nourishing yet softer foods are: eggs, soup, cheese, pasta, etc. Avoid crunchy foods such as popcorn, nuts, and chips as well as foods with small seeds. These foods can get lodged between the gum and the tooth, delaying healing.
SMOKING: Smoking and the heat it produces can irritate the gums, retarding the healing response. It is advisable to not smoke for a few days following root planning in order to insure proper healing.
The majority of patients experience an uneventful postoperative healing period, yet please be aware of the following potential side effects:
1. BLEEDING Slight bleeding and tissue irritation following root planning for the first or second day is not unusual. To aid in stopping excessive bleeding, a moist tea bag may be applied with direct pressure for fifteen minutes. If bleeding persists beyond a few hours, please contact our office.
2. TOOTH SENSITIVITY Varying degrees of root sensitivity following root planning may occur. This can result from exposure to cold and/or hot air and liquids, sweet, salty, spicy, and/or acidic foods as well as mechanically from tooth brushing or flossing. In most individuals this sensitivity will last a few weeks before gradually subsiding. Remember that removing all plaque from the tooth surfaces will help reduce sensitivity. Please let us know if sensitivity is a problem and we will dispense special desensitizing products that will insulate the tooth surface and gradually eliminate the problem.
3. GUM SENSITIVITY Discomfort following root planning varies from patient to patient. Usually ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) taken as directed will relieve any discomfort. Warm salt water rinses (1 tbs. salt/8 oz. water) every 3-4 hours the first few days will aid in healing irritated areas. If the pain is persistent or excessive, please contact our office immediately
4. If you notice any of the following symptoms: persistent and/or excessive swelling or bleeding, jaw stiffness, pus drainage, or bad taste, please contact our office immediately, if you have any questions feel free to contact our office at anytime.