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Periodontal Surgery: Post-operative Instructions
Following periodontal surgery, it is important for you to assist the healing.
- Take all prescribed medications according to instructions.
- Take all antibiotics that have been prescribed, even if symptoms seem to be gone (this is very important!).
- Take pain medication as prescribed or recommended. At your own discretion, you may take ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil® or Motrin), according to label instructions.
- If bleeding continues beyond the first day, apply a moist gauze pad (using a firm pressure), or bite on a tea bag for 20 minutes.
Call Us If
- a moist gauze pad fails to stop the bleeding, or if the bleeding increases;
- pain or swelling increases or persists;
- you experience heavy bleeding or severe pain;
- you have any questions or concerns.
Immediately After Gum Surgery
- For several hours, teeth and tongue may be numb. Chew nothing until the numbness leaves.
- For 2 hours, eat nothing.
- During the first 6 hours, you can apply an ice pack (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) to decrease pain and swelling.
- For a few days, some discomfort is normal.
For the First 48 Hours
- Avoid strenuous activity.
- Eat only soft foods: soup, broth, omelette, yogurt, ice cream, purée, and similar foods (resume your usual diet only once you are comfortable chewing without discomfort).
After 24 Hours
- Optionally, to relieve discomfort, apply a warm and humid compress.
- After a day or so, if bleeding has not stopped, apply firm pressure with a moist gauze pad, or bite on a tea bag for 20 minutes.
- Rinse 3 times per day with lukewarm salt water (1 tsp. of salt in a cup of water). Rinsing, combined with your normal routine of dental hygiene, encourages healing and helps to keep your breath and mouth fresh!
- Resume your normal dental routine (this is important!), including flossing and brushing (except at the site of the surgery; wait another 24 hours for that).
- As you gradually resume brushing at the site of the surgery, you may experience pain and bleeding. Proceed gently and gradually brushing the extraction site.
After a Few Days
- Sutures dissolve without assistance from you.