For Periodontal Surgical Patients
You have now completed part or all of you periodontal surgical care. In order to assure a prompt and uneventful surgical recovery, it is extremely important that you follow the following recommendations.
1. Immediately following surgery, cold compresses or ice packs should be applied to the face over the area treated, leaving it on for 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes. This should be continued for several hours, the day of surgery. Ice Chips are also beneficial. These should be allowed to melt inside of the mouth.
2. A periodontal surgical dressing may be applied around the teeth. This is placed for comfort, immediately after surgery. If the dressing should come loose, it generally does not need to be replaced. If you are uncomfortable, please contact our office.
3. There may be some Minor Bleeding after surgery, which is to be expected. If considerable bleeding occurs, sit down, relax, and apply a moistened tea bag over the area that appears to be bleeding. Apply constant pressure, without removing to examine for at least 20 minutes. This will arrest 99% of bleeding problems. Do not try to stop the bleeding by rinsing or spitting.
4. You must avoid Smoking, drinking through straws, and spitting after surgery. All of these actions create negative pressure, which may promote bleeding and impair healing.
5. You should Brush and Floss all areas not surgically treated, as usual. A toothbrush, softened under warm water (without toothpaste), may be used to clean the exposed tooth surfaces and dressing in the surgical field.
6. Avoid any strenuous work or play for the two days following the surgery.