Side effects of deep cleaning

Side effects of deep cleaning

Scaling and root planing are referred as deep cleaning and are usually recommended to treat the early stage of gum disease or Gingivitis. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline while root planing smoothes the tooth root and helps the gum reattach to the tooth. If done properly, deep cleaning is an effective way to treat gum disease. However, it is also possible for patients to experience slight discomfort after undergoing the proceduce as well as other side effects which are mentioned below.

  1. Tenderness of the gums

It is expected that patients may feel tenderness in their gums after scaling and root planing. This occurrence is normal. Even bleeding gums can happen as well. This feeling will subside, and patients just have to be extra careful when brushing or flossing.

  1. Swollen gums

Inflammation and swelling of your gum tissues are common too, and it will only take a few days for them to return to normal again.

  1. Receding gums

Gums may pull away from your teeth by one millimetre after scaling and root planing. But like swollen gums, there is nothing to worry about. With time, the gum recession will eventually heal.

Aftercare tips for deep cleaning

The side effects of deep cleaning are temporary, but some patients may choose to avoid worsening its impact, so simply follow these after care tips:

  • Allow some time for your gums to heal 48 hours after the procedure. Be mindful enough to eat only soft foods rather than consuming hard, or chunky foods.
  • You can soothe your swelling gums with a cold compress which can also help alleviate the pain
  • Shorten your healing period by rinsing your mouth with a glass of water and diluted salt. This mixture has surprising benefits to your recovering gums.

Recommendations for deep cleaning

The risk of side effects is minimal if the procedure is done the right way. The benefits still outweigh the potential risks, especially if you need deep cleaning to save your teeth from gum disease. A dentist will do a thorough examination in order to determine whether scaling is necessary.

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