Post-Operative Care: Scaling and Root Planning

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Written by Dr. Zach Brumbach

Dr. Brumbach, an Idaho native, graduated in 2002 with honors from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb.

December 29, 2021

Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical procedure used to treat periodontal disease. The goal of treatment is to remove soft and hardened bacteria (calculus or tartar), and diseased tissue from under the gum line. This allows the gums to heal and improves your overall gum health.

During the procedure, we administer anesthesia to insure your comfort. A critical part of the process is caring for your teeth daily and maintaining regular dental visits. We will recommend products and techniques for your specific needs. Below are a list of instructions you can follow after scaling and root planning treatment:


  • After your appointment, while you feel numb: avoid hard and crunchy foods until the anesthesia wears off.
  • You can take over-the-counter pain medication as you normally would for mild discomfort
  • Brush twice/day and floss once/day starting on the same day as treatment.
  • Avoid tobacco use (forever if possible).
  • Next 3-5 days: Avoid crunchy foods such as nuts, seeds, and popcorn
  • Rinse 2-3 times/day with warm salt water (1 tsp to 3 oz. water) to help gums heal more quickly.
  • Continue regular periodontal maintenance visits (cleanings) every 3-4 months to maintain healthy gums.
For any additional questions or concerns, call our office during our business hours at (208) 777-1222.

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