Informed Consent For Scaling and Root Planning

I understand that periodontal procedures (treatment involving the gum tissues and other tissues supporting the teeth) include risks and possible unsuccessful results from such treatment . Even when the utmost care and diligence is exercised in the treatment of periodontal disease and associated conditions through scaling and root planing, risks and results associated with treatment include but are not limited to the following:

 1. Response to treatment 

Because of the variables within each patient’s physiological makeup, it is impossible to determine whether or not the healing process, in which tissue response is a vital element, will achieve the results desired by Dr. Dobee and the patient . Should the desired results not be attained, extractions may be required . 

 2. Postoperative patient responsibility for care 

With the types of treatment required in correcting periodontal problems, it is mandatory that the patient exercise extreme diligence in performing the home care required after treatment, as instructed by the treating dentist . Without the necessary follow-up care, the probability of unsatisfactory results is greatly increased .

 3. Pain, soreness and sensitivity 

There may be temporary or permanent postoperative discomfort, related to hot and cold stimuli, contact withteeth, and sweet and sour foods, and the gums also may be sore immediately following treatment . 

 4. Injury to the nerves 

There is a possibility of injury to the nerves of the lips, jaws, teeth, tongue or other oral or facial tissues from any dental treatment, particularly those involving the administration of local anesthetics. The resulting numbness that can occur is usually temporary, but in rare instances it could be permanent. 

 5. Bleeding during or after treatment 

Laceration or tearing of the gums may occur and might require suturing . The gums may bleed as well, during or after treatment . 

 6. Recession of the gums after treatment 

After healing occurs, there may be gum recession that exposes the margin or edge of crowns or fillings, increases sensitivity of teeth, and creates aesthetic or cosmetic changes in the front teeth, resulting in longer tooth appearance and wider inter-proximal spaces . These wider inter-proximal spaces are more likely to trap food . 

 7. Broken curettes, scalers or other instruments 

If an instrument breaks off during scaling or root planing, it may be necessary to retrieve the broken instrument surgically. 

 8. Post-treatment infection 

Post-treatment infection also can result from calculus being lodged in the tissue, which also can require surgical intervention . 

 9. Increased mobility (looseness) of the teeth during the healing period 

Some patients experience increased mobility of teeth during the healing period . This is usually a temporary condition . 

 10. Noise and water spray 

Ultrasonic instrumentation is noisy and the water used may cause cold sensitivity during treatment on nonanesthetized teeth not being treated . 

 11. Post-treatment complications 

Cracking or stretching of the lips or corners of the mouth during treatment is possible . There is the possibility that additional surgical treatment may be necessary after root planing . 

 12. Sequela of local drug delivery 

If tetracycline fiber is used, there may be premature loss of the fibers necessitating a return visit to the dental office for a replacement . There may be soreness or pain in the treated areas. The patient will be aware of the adhesive sealer, which often has a granular surface. The sealer has an opaque or milky appearance that may be visible. There will be a need for a postoperative visit to remove the fibers seven to 10 days after placement. There may be an adverse reaction to the antibiotic in the fiber, whether a pre- existing known allergy exists or not. 

Informed consent

 I have been given the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nature and purpose of periodontal treatment and have received answers to my satisfaction. I voluntarily assume any and all known possible risks, including the risk of substantial harm, if any, which may be associated with any phase of this treatment in hopes of obtaining the desired results, which may or may not be achieved. No promises or guarantees have been made to me concerning my recovery and results of this treatment. The fee(s) for this service have been explained to me and are acceptable. By signing this form, I am freely giving my consent to allow and authorize Dr.

and/or his/her associates to render any treatment necessary or advisable for my dental conditions, including any and all anesthetics and/or medications.