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When can i go back to work after this dental planing procedure is done?

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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Same/next day: I assume you are talking about scaling & root planing. Most people prefer to be numb for the procedure, so keep this in mind if you are in a job that requires a lot of speaking. Some sensitivity is to be expected, but this is temporary. Take a little tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil afterwards (whatever you would normally take for a headache) and you should be fine.
Dr. Donald Nimz
Dentistry 43 years experience
Depends: This often times requires anesthetic which may make going to work or talking difficult. Most patients prefer an end of the day appointment for this. If yours does not require this working the same day should not be a problem.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Periodontics 44 years experience
Scaling: There is no reason why one cannot go back to work soon after scaling and root planing. Of course, since the mouth is numb and speech might be slurred it's best to take it easy for the day of the procedure and return to work the day after.

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