Effective bacterial plaque control is essential for healing and positive long-term results. During and following periodontal therapy, you have the responsibility in maintaining a healthy oral environment. Failure to maintain adequate plaque control will result in recurrence of periodontal disease and bone loss. Furthermore, using tobacco may compromise the degree of healing that is achievable and can contribute to the progression of the disease. You will need to use the prescribed tools/aids thoroughly every day. This will require you to spend a little extra time with your homecare. We may recommend a 3 or 4-month maintenance therapy from now on depending on the degree of periodontal disease and bone loss you have. Compliance with this recall interval is important to try and prevent further deterioration.
Tissue discomfort is to be expected, although it usually subsides within a few days. Taking Tylenol or Advil can control it. If you do not have high blood pressure, you may also rinse with warm salt water twice a day to help relieve soreness (1/2 teaspoon salt to 8 ounces warm water)
Slight temporary bleeding for the first few hours is not unusual. If there is considerable bleeding, find the spot where it is coming from and hold a piece of damp gauze over it with your thumb and index finger; placing pressure for 10-15 minutes. Persistent or excessive bleeding should be reported to the office immediately.
Sensitivity to cold temperature is a common and unavoidable side effect of scaling and root planing procedures. The sensitivity may diminish after several weeks. Good oral hygiene will help reduce sensitivity. Using an ADA recommended sensitivity toothpaste may also help this, but can take up to 6 weeks of consistent use for results. There are ways we can treat hypersensitive teeth. If this a persistent problem, please keep us informed.
We advise limiting yourself to a soft diet immediately after the procedure. Proper nutrition and adequate intake of fluids is essential for proper healing. Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol and acidic foods.
Holding a warm, wet wash cloth on your cheek will help alleviate soreness in the jaw.
If you have any questions at any time during therapy, please bring them to our attention. We will be happy to discuss them with you. Our goal is to work with you to achieve a healthy mouth!