Scaling & Root Planing/Deep Cleaning


Scaling and root planning, also called “deep cleaning,” is a non-surgical procedure involving the removal of plaque and tartar from the root surface below the gumline.  During this process, instruments such as ultrasonic scalers are used to disrupt the bacterial flora, making the gum tissue healthy. 



The goal of the treatment is to have reattachment of the tissue to smooth root surfaces and to shrink the periodontal pockets.  The gums will then be at a level that you can maintain with daily plaque removal.  This includes proper brushing and flossing.  The following instructions are for you to maximize healing and minimize discomfort.  Please do not eat for at least 2 hours and until the anesthesia (numbness) has worn off.




Things to avoid the first 24 hours:

          -         Do not smoke.

-         Alcoholic beverages will slow the healing process.

-         Do not eat foods that are hot/spicy or acidic foods such as tomatoes, orange juice.



Things to do:


-         You make take non-aspirin pain relievers such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin.


-         Eat a soft diet for today.  Nothing “chippy”.  You may chew on the opposite side of the treated area until the soreness is gone.


-         Use warm salt water rinses 3 times a day.  Mix a ½ teaspoon of salt in a 6 oz glass of water and warm.  Swish the entire glass away.


-         Use the mouthwash (Therasol) provided after brushing.


-         Brush your teeth lightly in the treated area the first night.  Begin flossing lightly the next day.  Gradually increase to normal force within the week.




~  After your scaling and root planning treatment is complete, you will notice that your gums do not bleed or swell as much. 


~  It is not uncommon to be sore the day of and the next day after treatment.


~  Your teeth may be a little sensitive to temperature change and sweet intake for the first few weeks. 


~  Slight bleeding might occur while brushing but this should subside within the first 24 hrs.


~  If you are overly sensitive or have any other questions or concerns, contact our office immediately.