This process can feel slightly uncomfortable and is likened to that of removing a splinter. However, some cases can involve a bit more pain at which point, a local anesthetic may be used in order to alleviate any discomfort. Some cases may involve more than one visit to accomplish a full scaling and root planing. However, most are usually accomplished in one visit.
At your follow up visit, your dentist will check to see if your gums are healing. This means they will be checking to see if your gums are returning to their pinkish color instead of a darker red color. They will also be checking to see if the swelling has reduced in the gums and if they are starting to gain their firmness back. If so, this is a good sign. If not, the dentist will suggest more maintenance tips for a better healing process.
If you’re having issues with your gums, please give us a call so we can assist you with your concerns.