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Periodontal Sugery Aftercare

  1. Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy,” and reflect a normal response to laser treatment.
  2. Reduce activity for several hours following the surgery.
  3. It is OK to rinse, spit, and wash your mouth today. Rinse as directed with the medication that is prescribed for you. In between it is OK to rinse gently every three hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water).
  4. Do not chew on the side of your mouth which has been treated.
  5. Do not eat spicy or excessively hot foods.
  6. Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process. In the treated area brush the teeth by placing the bristles of the brush on the gums below the tooth and carefully roll the bristles toward the tooth surface.  Do not stick the bristle into the gums. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  7. During the first day drink liquids only. A liquid dietary supplement may be recommended. When flossing, carefully place the floss between the teeth and avoid pushing the floss under the gums until instructed to do so. During this week, eat only soft foods.
  8. Do not chew where the surgery was performed. Brush normally in the untreated areas. Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the treated area.
  9. Do not be alarmed if any of the following occur:Light bleeding  Slight swelling   Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity -  Medicinal taste from mouth rinse
  10. The surgical pack may be placed on the area to prevent food, trauma and/or smoke from irritating the treated tissues. If a piece of the pack falls out or if the entire pack loosens or falls out do not be alarmed.
  11. Swelling may possibly occur. To keep this at a minimum, gently place an ice pack on the outside of the face for 20 minutes each hour until you retire for sleep that night.  Do not continue using the ice bag beyond the day of the periodontal surgery.
  12. Some oozing of blood may occur and will appear to be greatly exaggerated when it dissolves in saliva. Determine the side of oozing and place pressure on this area. If you cannot locate the origin of the bleeding, rinse your mouth gently with iced water and apply a moist tea bag to the general area. If excessive bleeding continues, please call the office.
  13. It is very important to maintain a good food and fluid intake. Try to eat soft but nutritious food such as room-temperature soups, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. until you can comfortably return to a normal diet.
  14. If medication has been prescribed, please take it exactly as directed.
  15. Please call the office so that we may render further treatment if any of the following occur:
    - Prolonged or severe pain
    - Prolonged or excessive bleeding
    - Considerably elevated or persistent temperature
  16. Do not be alarmed that beginning with just 2 weeks after therapy and extending as long as 1 year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing, but also indicates the presence of a bite imbalance that needs to be adjusted.