What You Should Do After Periodontal Surgery
The following information has
been prepared to help answer the many questions you may have regarding the
surgical procedure which has just been performed. Please read the instructions
carefully. Our experience has shown them to be very helpful.
- When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some
discomfort from the operation hat was just performed. Your dentist can
recommend a pain medication for you, if necessary.
- A periodontal dressing has been placed around your
teeth. It is comparable to the surgical dressing used in other types of
operations. It serves a very useful purpose and should not be disturbed.
- The periodontal dressing will become semi-rigid
within a few hours. It can then withstand some of the forces of chewing
without breaking. Please limit yourself to a semi-solid diet and avoid
excessively hot foods for the first day. After this period, you may return
to your regular diet. However, avoid eating on the side with the dressing.
- The dressing should be permitted to remain in
place as long as possible. Small particles may chip off during the week.
Should a sizable portion become loose or fall off, please call the office.
While the dressing is in place, you may
notice a slight pain or soreness in the cheek or inside of the mouth. The edge
of the dressing may be irritating the tissue. You should not be concerned that
anything has gone wrong in the operated area. Please call the office if the
soreness persists. It can be easily remedied.
- Rinsing is not an important part of the
treatment. The only real purpose it serves is to give you a sense of
better oral hygiene. Do not rinse for 24 hours following your surgery.
After that time period, if your mouth does not feel clean, you may rinse
every two hours with warm water or a diluted mouthwash.
- You may use your toothbrush as you usually do,
but do not use it on the dressing. Avoid vigorous brushing in parts of the
mouth which have previously been operated upon and from which the dressing
has been removed. Try to keep food from accumulating in these areas with
gentle use of a toothbrush and the rubber tip.
- You may follow your regular daily activities.
Avoid excessive exertion of any type. Athletics and long exposure to the
sun should be avoided for the first three days after the operation.
- You may experience a slight feeling of weakness,
chills or fever during the first 24 hours. This should not be cause for
alarm, but it should be reported to the office.
- There may be occasional blood in the saliva for
the first four to five hours after the operation. This is not unusual and
will correct itself. If there is considerable bleeding, take a piece of
sterile gauze, form it into the shape of a “U”, hold it in the thumb and
index finger, apply it to both sides of the dressing and hold it under
gentle pressure for 10 minutes. Do not remove it during this period to
examine it. If the bleeding does not stop at the end of this time, please
contact the office. Under no conditions should rinsing be used to try to
stop the bleeding. Call the office.
- If you are concerned about the progress of your
recovery, please call the office.