Hello, This is my first post here. I was told that I'm going to need scaling and root planning because my gums bleed easily and are quite swollen. This is due in large part to the fact that I avoided the dentist for a while due to anxiety. Now I have an appointment for the scaling on Monday with a periodontist. To say that I'm anxious about this is an understatement. I was told by the general dentist that this will bring down the swelling of the gums. Will this cause my teeth to loosen since the gums will change? Also, how long does the pain last after this procedure and how long should I avoid eating solids? It took me quite a while to get back to the dentist, now I feel as though I'm starting over because of this procedure. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!