Scaling and root planing are beneficial in reducing the inflammation within and below the gum line. Hence, inflammation of gum disease is being kept under check, thereby preventing tooth and bone loss. Moreover, one gets rid of deep pockets, where plague can get trapped easily, giving rise to gum disease. In spite of these benefits, certain side effects are observed after scaling and root planing that need to be cared for.
1 Gum Recession
The procedure of scaling and root planing causes the deep pockets to shrink and heal, leading gums to recede or appear less prominently. The gum recession may occur by one to two millimeters or could be a slightly more.
2 Swollen Gums
The whole procedure of scaling and root planing leaves the gum inflamed and swollen. Gums remain swollen for one or more days. Swollen gums pose a problem in eating and relishing food stuffs.
3 Tooth Sensitivity
There is a possibility that gum recession leads to exposed roots that makes tooth appear longer and much more sensitive to the extreme of temperatures.
Though, this will reduce with time but, till it stays, one has to bear the trouble of avoiding hot and cold food items, even if they are amongst their favorite food of choices.
4 Root Cavity
Receding and swollen gums make roots exposed, causing root cavities to form more likely. These root cavities will require an altogether different gum therapy to cure them.
5 Root Bleeding
Post scaling and root planing, bleeding appears from the roots for initial few days. The bleeding may get fine as few days passed by.
But, in certain cases, where excessive bleeding may happen for more than one week, one must visit the dentist and get it treated.
6 Tender Gums
The extensive scaling and planing methodology, leaves gum tender. These tender gums should be cleaned softly around the gum line to prevent further bleeding.
7 Restrictions On Eating
Individuals, who have undergone scaling and root planning procedures must restrict themselves from eating sticky foods like chips, popcorn, nuts, French fries etc.
They need to avoid hard foods as well as that will put pressure over tender gums. Smoking need to be fully stopped as it reduces the gum healing process.