These are generic instructions. For specific instruction, please refer to the post operative instructions you were given.
Modern periodontal therapy has changed with most people tolerating procedures well and continuing with regular activities. The majority of our patients take over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or Acetaminaphen (Tylenol). You may take the combination in either of the following dosages: 3 Ibuprofen (200mg) and 2 Regular Strength Acetaminaphen (325mg) or 3 Ibuprofen (200mg) and 1 Extra Strength Acetaminaphen (500mg), every 4-6 hours as needed.
Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicoden or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until it’s completely gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible.
A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs, please contact our office.
Often times, a protective patch (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. This patch is designed to come off on its own. In some situations, the patch may come loose and irritate the tongue or other tissues. If this happens, try to avoid this area. Please do not try to remove the dressing. It will heal with time.
Avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot and/or crunch foods. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing. If you are having difficulty eating, try Ensure or other nutritional drinks.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise the results.
Do not drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol will delay healing.
Typically, you will be given a prescription rinse for chlorhexidine (Peridex or Periogard). Measure your dose using the cup provided with the medication. Swish for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Do not swallow the mouthwash. Use the rinse twice daily. If the chlorhexidine rinse is unavailable to you, you may use a salt water rinse.
Do not brush the surgical site for 10 days unless instructed by us. Brush normally on the rest of the mouth where surgery was not preformed.
Sutures should dissolve on their own. This varies with each individual and could take 3-14 days.