Brushing and flossing the teeth helps to get rid of a majority of the microbes from the mouth. However, no matter how well you brush and floss, some bacteria still get deposited on the teeth along with the saliva. This deposit is called plaque, and when left untreated for a long time, it forms dark patches called tartar. Tartar is one of the leading causes of cavities and gum disease, which is why removing the accumulated deposits at regular intervals is crucial.
We at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry carry out this process by scaling and root planing. They are performed using an ultrasonic scaling appliance that has a stainless steel tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. When this tip is brought in contact with tartar, the deposits will be removed and washed away using a jet of water.
Here are a few aftercare solutions that should be followed after getting scaling and root planing done:
Treat the Pain
Although scaling doesn’t cause any pain, root planing is a treatment method that could induce pain in the oral tissues. Hence, we will administer local anesthesia before commencing. If the dentist has prescribed medication to counter the pain after the anesthesia wears off, please do take it without fail.
Check Your Diet
The teeth and root surfaces can get extremely sensitive after scaling and root planing. So, it is best for you to avoid hot, cold, or spicy foods for the next two to three days, as they could cause elevated levels of sensitivity. If you had root planing done, it is best for you to stick to a liquid diet for the next few days. Also, avoid smoking or chewing tobacco as the staining particles could get into the pores of the teeth.
Avoid Touching Your Teeth
After getting oral cleaning done, you may experience a tingling sensation in your teeth for the next few hours. It may be slightly annoying, but the feeling would pass. During this, you may have the urge to touch your teeth or rub their surface for relief. Avoid doing this, as the microbes on your fingers might cause infection.
If you experience any adverse symptoms like bleeding, extreme pain, or infections, please reach out to the dentist at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (813) 253-3041 or schedule an online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.