Periodontal Surgery Post-Operative Instructions

  1. Care of your mouth- Normal care should be continued on the non-treated teeth. Avoid the treated area for 2 weeks.  An antibacterial rinse will be given to use morning and night.  Dr. Echols will tell you when to start this rinse. Warm salt water rinses (1/2 tsp. per cup of water) may be used during the day also, beginning the day after surgery.
  2. Discomfort- Mild to moderate discomfort may be expected.  You may be given several prescriptions to use as necessary.  The third day may be the most uncomfortable.
  3. Swelling- Some swelling may occur. An ice pack applied off and on the first 24-48 hours will minimize swelling.
  4. Eating- Do not eat on the treated side. A softer diet will be necessary for the first few days.  Avoid foods like chips, nuts, and popcorn. Cold foods are the best for the first 24 hours. Your teeth may feel loose and be tender to bite on at first.  Do not use straws. A good diet and plenty of liquids are important for healing.
  5. Bleeding- Some slight bleeding may be expected the first 24 hours, evidenced by pinkness in the saliva. Rinsing and spitting should be avoided the first 24 hours. If there is excessive bleeding, hold a moistened tea bag with firm pressure on the area for 20 minutes.  If bleeding continues, call the office.