SELF-CARE AFTER NON-SURGICAL PERIODONTAL THERAPY
PERIODONTAL DISEASE. You have been diagnosed with periodontal disease which is commonly known as pyorrhea, gingivitis, or periodontitis. It is an infection of the gums and bone around the teeth caused by dental plaque. It is a disorder that, if left untreated, leads to the eventual loss of the teeth.
TREATMENT. Non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease usually includes 2-4 sessions of root planing and scaling. This can be accomplished by removing the surface layer of inflamed tissue that lines the areas of bone loss (pockets) around your teeth. Additionally the root surfaces of those teeth are smoothed so that healthy tissue can reattach.
DISCOMFORT/ PAIN. Discomfort or pain should not be acute and should subside in a few hours to a few days. Any discomfort due to brushing should get better in one to several days. Tylenol or Advil may be taken as directed if there are areas of discomfort. We would prefer that you not take aspirin during the first few days after treatment.
TOOTH SENSITIVITY. Teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. The sensitivity to temperature may be intense the first several days and usually diminishes quickly. If sensitivity persists there are a number of products that can help the situation. Please call the office for information.
APPEARANCE. Root surfaces may be more exposed as the swelling of the inflamed gum tissue goes away. This may result in more space between the teeth.
BLEEDING. Some slight bleeding may occur during the next several brushings but the bleeding should steadily decrease after two or three days.
ORAL HYGIENE. Meticulous oral hygiene should be resumed in all areas of your mouth. The cleaner your mouth is kept, the quicker and more comfortable the healing will be. Mouth rinsing is recommended with either of the following solutions: (1) Peridex (prescription mouth rinse), or (2) a warm saline rinse.
THE FUTURE. After you have accomplished your therapy you will be re-evaluated. The levels of your gums will be measured and recorded. At that time, the success of your treatment will be discussed and any further recommendations will be made. Follow up for successful therapy usually includes thorough cleanings at 3, 4, or 6 month intervals. Any areas that remain unresolved may be candidates for surgical therapy. The most important factor of all is proper oral hygiene as shown to you by the dentist or dental hygienist.
If any symptoms are severe or persistent, or is an abscess (gum boil) should appear, please call the office immediately (281-482-7252).