Prophylaxis and/or Scaling and Root Planing - Lake Mary - Family Dental Care
Periodontal prophylaxis and scaling and
root planning therapies involve the removal of bacterial plaque and tartar from
the root surface of the teeth, below the gum line with instruments and
ultrasonic technology. It is the goal of
these procedures to allow reattachment of the gums to a clean root surface as
well as shrink the periodontal pockets to levels that can be maintained by
normal daily oral hygiene home care such as brushing and flossing.
The following recommendations and
instructions have been prepared for you in order to maximize healing, minimize
any discomfort and guide you in what to expect during and after treatment
Please refrain from eating for at least
2 hours or until the numbness has completely gone and normal feeling is
Avoid in the first 24 hours:
Vigorous exercise, but you may return to work
Drinking through a straw or sucking motions
DO NOT SMOKE for at least 48 hours. Tobacco use inhibits proper healing in the soft tissue.
Drinking alcoholic beverages (will retard the healing
Foods that are very spicy or hot in temperature
Using strong mouthwashes containing alcohol
We recommend the following:
Use of non-aspirin analgesics (pain medicines) to
relieve any tenderness or discomfort. We
recommend Ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Eat a well-balanced soft diet for today. You may chew
on the opposite side of the treated area until
it is comfortable to chew
Brush your teeth using a very light pressure in the
treated area the first 2 days. Then begin
brushing and flossing normally on the
third day or when you are able to tolerate normal force and
After brushing and flossing, rinse with Chlorhexidine
Gluconate (Peridex) for 60 seconds TWICE
DAILY, if it was prescribed for you by
the Dentist. Other mouth rinses we
Chloraseptic and Cepastat.
Several days after treatment, your gums should begin
Appear more pink and less red
Become less swollen and less painful
Bleed less upon flossing*
are signs of proper healing and you’re improving periodontal health. If you are not seeing any marked improvements
by this stage, please contact us at the office for an appointment for
It is important that you return to our office for your
During this time, your periodontal
tissues will be re-evaluated for the expected improvement and effectiveness of
your oral home-care. We will also
determine the possible necessity of any further treatment and/or the
recommended frequency of your future periodontal cleanings and examinations.
If prescription medications were prescribed please follow the
instructions on the label those given to you by the doctor to the letter. If you experience any unexpected side
effects, please discontinue use and contact our office for assistance.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any
questions or concerns. If you should require urgent assistance after hours, please call: 407-529-5681
Thank you for
being a great patient!