Instructions for Before & After Your Surgical Procedure
Slight swelling is possible. A reusable ice pack or a frozen vegetable bag wrapped in a soft towel may be applied to the side of the face to help minimize swelling in the area. Alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off as needed for the first 24 hours is usually sufficient. Increased tooth sensitivity after scaling, especially to cold, is typically experienced by most patients.
Sensitivity usually decreases within several weeks after scaling and can be minimized by keeping the area as free of plaque as possible. You may also use a desensitizing toothpaste (such as Sensodyne) to help control sensitivity. If the sensitivity is extreme, contact our office for further instructions.