Deep Cleaning Aftercare

Patient Post Op Instructions:
Periodontal Debridement Scaling & Root Planing
Or "Deep Cleaning”

Congratulations on taking the first step in treating your periodontal disease which in turn will improve your oral and overall health! This gum infection causes boneless in which this treatment can inhibit the progression of. Periodontal disease is associated with heart disease and diabetes as well as other major health issues. By undergoing your deep cleaning, you’re creating a healthier foundation for all of your teeth and taking the steps needed to decrease chance of tooth loss. Often times a deep cleaning may need further treatment performed by a periodontist (gum and bone specialist) and your dental team at KDC can advise you accordingly. 

After your deep cleaning, the “bad bacteria”/periodontal disease bacteria, reinfest under the gums within 3 months. Due to this risk, we advise you are seen for a PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE CLEANING every 3 months. This allows your hygienist to “powerwash” your gums and teeth and not allow that bad bacteria to start gum disease all over again. Between your recare visits, please follow the homecare instructions below! Please remember, it is up to you to care for your oral health now to help your mouth respond well to periodontal treatments. 

You will be sore a couple hours after treatment, especially if anesthesia was used. You may not have been  experiencing gingival pain before the treatment, and it is normal to be sore after having treatment by a hygienist. Please take over the counter pain medication as needed for a few days to help any discomfort. 

Your jaw may be tired from staying open, please go on our website’s “Post Op Instructions” tab to find “TMJ PHYSICAL THERAPY” for simple stretches that are effective in reducing inflammation in the jaw joint.

To avoid the oral bacteria to reculture, having good home care and dental recare compliance will not only help heal the gingiva and periodontium faster, but also help you feel comfortable quicker.

Tooth structure will be exposed after treatment that has not been for, possibly, years, and will be sensitive to the elements we put our mouths through. This happens to everyone as your tissue inflammation decreases, and there are ways to prevent being uncomfortable. Daily fluoride mouth rinses, sensitive toothpaste, or prescription pastes can all help with the hot and cold tenderness that follows SRP.

To minimize discomfort and help with healing, please follow these instructions:
⦁ After procedure, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen before the anesthetic wears off. Continue to take every four hours for the next wo days, if needed.
⦁ Try waiting to eat after the anesthetic has worn off. Stick to a soft food diet for at least 24 hours after treatment.
⦁ Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush at least 2x day. Slight bleeding is normal as the tissues start to heal.
⦁ No smoking for at least 24 hours after procedure. The success of the treatment will greatly be lowered if smoking is resumed due to how the body reacts to the chemicals in cigarettes. Smoking cessation is encouraged. You can quit smoking for good and live a healthy, smokefree life. Take the first step and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support.
⦁ Some tooth sensitivity to hot and cold may occur and is normal after treatment. Use sensitivity toothpaste daily or a prescription fluoride strength toothpaste as advised by your hygienist. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office! (860) 779-1053

Thank you for choosing Killingly Dental Care to care for your oral and overall wellness!! 


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