After Periodontal Surgery

FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS:

The first 24 hours following surgery – these instructions are intended to minimize swelling and bleeding.

  • DO NOT rinse or drink HOT liquids (warm is fine) or drink through a straw. This can cause bleeding.
  • Avoid physical exertion such as exercise and heavy lifting.
  • Avoid any over the counter medicines except Tylenol.
  • Apply ice to the outside of your face for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
  • Bleeding is normal. If bleeding persists then apply pressure on the area with a moist tea bag sitting in an upright position for 45 minutes without taking the compress in and out.

AFTER 24 HOURS

  • Discomfort is most severe the first day but will peak at the 3rd or 4th day as healing is most active.
  • Rinse with warm salt water using a pinch of salt in 8 oz of water.
  • Swelling is common following your surgical procedure. There can be bruising as well.

Periodontal dressing: This may only stay in place for 24 hours. Avoid brushing and flossing the area for seven days post operative.

Plaque control: Avoid brushing and flossing the area for seven days post operative. Avoid toothpaste containing bleaching agents, baking soda, peroxide and tartar control ingredients. No mouthrinses should be used except warm salt water for 7 days post operative.