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Periodontal Surgery Post-Op Instructions

DO NOT rinse or spit out till tomorrow. You may expect a slight oozing or bleeding, some swelling and some soreness. If there is a definite bleeding in an area, take a piece of gauze or a tea bag, moisten it with water, squeeze it out, and hold it directly against the bleeding area for one half hour. Repeat one more time. If this does not stop the bleeding, call the office at 718-268-5777. If there is soreness or aching, you may take a mild analgesic; try to use a non aspirin product. If pain or discomfort should develop, take the pill prescribed for pain. Take the antibiotic, if prescribed, as directed.

The dressing (putty) covering the area of the surgery will be hardened by the time you leave our office. The dressing protects the area operated on and reduces discomfort.

DO NOT chew in the area of the surgery.

DO NOT chew hard foods but eat a well balanced soft diet and are sure to drink an adequate amount of fluids (two quarts a day).

DO NOT brush the teeth in area of surgery until instructed by me. All the other teeth should be brushed and flossed as previously instructed. Do not be concerned if the dress falls off unless otherwise instructed.

As soon as you get home, apply ice in an ice bag or wrapped in a towel to the side of the face where the surgery was performed. Keep this on for 5 minutes and then take it off got 5 minutes and repeat this routine as often as you can today. This will keep the swelling down to a minimum. If swelling does occur, it will within 24 hours and reached its maximum extent at 48 hours. It will usually begin to go down after the third day.

Starting tomorrow, you should rinse with a glass of warm salt water as a mouth soak. Place one half tea spoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse the surgical area thoroughly, repeat until have used the whole glassful. You should at least rinse 4 times a day, preferably after meals. This would keep the surgical area clean.

Highly seasoned food, tart fruit juices or concentrated alcoholic beverages may cause discomfort temporarily. Avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. You may expect some thermal sensitivity to your teeth after the surgery. It is not advisable to smoke following surgery.

Questions or Concerns?

Any questions or concerns, please contact us at 718-268-5777. For emergencies, please call us at 718-268-5779.

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