Infection Signs to Be Aware of After Scaling and Roof Planing

Posted on 12/30/2018 by Kenneth D. Parrish, DMD, PhD
Infection Signs to Be Aware of After Scaling and Roof PlaningScaling and root planing are one way to treat gum disease and gum recession. Like almost any medical or dental procedure, it is an effective tool, but it is not always perfect. Some people will face complications after the procedure.

One of the most common problems we see patients run into after this type of procedure is infection. It is important to know what steps to take to recognize the signs of infection, what to do if you see them and how to avoid the problem.

Why Infection Can Happen

An infection after scaling and root planing is rare, but it can happen. Some infections are a result of persistent bacteria in the gums. Although the scaling and root planing can help eliminate the bacteria in the teeth and gums, there are times when the bacteria will continue to grow, and an infection occurs.
Other infections happen when people do not follow the proper after care instructions.

Patients should avoid smoking for 2 to 4 days after the procedure. They need to avoid foods that are acidic, sugary and sticky. It is also important to follow good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing. Not doing these things can result in an infection.

What to Look For?
If there is an infection after scaling and root planing, the earlier it is recognized, the easier it is to treat. The problem is that the signs of infection are often similar to normal post-procedure reactions.

They include:

•  Swelling, inflammation and redness around the gums
•  Bleeding from the gums
•  Tooth sensitivity
•  Pain

If any of these symptoms occur or if they continue and cause discomfort, contact our offices right away. It Is better to make sure that there is no infection than it is to wait until the problem gets worse. Call our professionals for more information about this or any other question you may have.
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