Periodontal Post-Op Instructions



Carefully follow all guidelines provided by the doctor and their staff and most importantly practice good oral hygiene. Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. Please click on the below topics for detailed instructions. In the event of an emergency, please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

General Instructions


  1. Take all medication as directed
  2. No smoking for a minimum of 48 hours. Smoking drastically affects healing.
  3. Apply ice to the surgical site. 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, the entire day immediately after surgery.
  4. You may follow your regular daily activities, avoiding excessive exertion of any type for one week following surgery. No heavy lifting or bending. Do not do anything that will raise blood pressure
  5. Brush, floss and rubber tip teeth and gums as usual, but not on the surgical site. Use a q-tip and hydrogen peroxide to clean the teeth near the surgical site.
  6. You may use a mouthwash such as Listerine or warm salt water starting 24 hours after surgery. Rinse very gently.
  7. Occasionally, bloodstains in the saliva may appear. If there is considerable bleeding, take a piece of gauze or a moist Lipton tea bag and apply firm pressure to the area for at least 15mins (by the clock). You may have to repeat this procedure more than once.
  8. Some degree of swelling may occur. This may not be noticeable until 24 hours after surgery. Usually, this swelling reduces in an additional 48 hours but may be maximized at 48 hours.
  9. Keep your head elevated. If you lie down, use one or two pillows to raise the head slightly
  10. Do not eat on the area of surgery. Take liquids or semi-solid foods for the first day. Please eat, as nourishment is important for healing.
  11. CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF:
    • Excessive bleeding occurs.
    • Severe pain is present for prolonged periods.
    • Marked swelling occurs.
    • There is a sizable loss of dressing, if placed.
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