Post Operative Instructionsfor Periodontal Treatment
Remember, you’ve just had an operation; take ALL medications as prescribed. It’s important to finish all antibiotics and minimize physical activity for a few days.
For the next 48 hours, keep the surgical area as cold as possible.
A bandage may cover the surgical area. This paste-like covering will harden and will most likely stay in place until your next appointment (approximately 2 weeks). Pieces of this bandage may break off, but this is not a problem.
Pain after Periodontal Treatment
It is normal to have some discomfort. Start taking the pain medication as soon as possible. If you have been prescribed a narcotic, do not drive as this medication causes drowsiness.
Swelling after Periodontal Treatment
Swelling is to be expected. It is usually most pronounced on the second or third day. Keeping the surgical area cold for the first 48 hours helps to minimize the swelling. After the 48 hours warm, moist compresses can be applied to reduce any additional swelling. Bruising may also appear with the swelling and will disappear within 7-10 days.
Bleeding after Periodontal Treatment
It is not unusual to have some minor bleeding during the first 24 hours. If bleeding increases, apply firm pressure to the site with a moist gauze pad or tea bag for 20 minutes. Also, when lying down, keep your head elevated.
Brushing after Periodontal Treatment
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site. However, brush and floss the rest of your teeth normally.
Things to keep in mind: The affected teeth may appear to be loose until the area is fully healed. You may also notice some sensitivity to hot and cold, to tooth brushing, and to some foods. If sensitivity doesn’t decrease on it’s own, there are different things we can suggest that you try.
Soft Tissue Graft Healing
Do not brush or floss the grafted area. You may be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep the area clean; start using it the day after surgery and rinse with it twice a day. The rinse can stain your teeth and tongue, but it can be easily removed with a dental cleaning.
A thin fabric-like bandage may be placed on the graft site. The bandage will most likely dissolve on its own.
Bone Grafts and Implant Healing
Do not brush or floss the surgical area for the first 2 weeks after surgery. You may be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep the area clean. Start using it the day after surgery and rinse with it twice a day. The rinse can stain your teeth and tongue, but it can be easily removed with a dental cleaning.
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