Scaling and Root Planning
It is normal for your gums to feel tender. We strongly recommend rinsing twice daily for two days with warm (not hot) salt water to speed-up healing and reduce tenderness. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of 8oz (1 cup) warm water. Any post-operative tenderness is best alleviated by taking 400-600 mg of ibuprofen (Advil) every 6 hours until the pain has diminished. If the Advil does not completely alleviate the pain, you can take 1000mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) in addition to the ibuprofen. Do not exceed 2400mg ibuprofen and 4000mg acetaminophen per day.
It is normal for your teeth to be sensitive to cold and hot foods or liquids after deep cleaning. Should this become problematic, try using a tooth paste for sensitive teeth. If your sensitivity continues, please call our office.
It is very important to continue thorough homecare. Leaving plaque on the teeth will slow healing and greatly minimize the benefits of treatment.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us at 416-743-2273.