Post Operative Instructions

  1. MEDICATIONS: Take all medications as prescribed.
  2. FOR PAIN: Take Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600mg three times per day for 2- 3 days (***IF ALLERGIC OR SENSITIVE*** take Tylenol 500mg 4 times per day).
    • Bleeding and possible bruising is normal (greatest 2-3 days after the surgery).
    • Use an ice pack (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) for the first 4-6 hours.
    • Some bleeding is normal within the first few hours following surgery.
    • If swelling gets worse or does not start to decline after 3-4 days please contact our office.
    • No Brushing or flossing for 2 weeks in surgical area/s.
    • Use the rinse (Perioguard, Peridex) if prescribed and start rinsing two times per day (30 Seconds) beginning the morning after surgery (do not swallow the rinse).
  5. PERIODONTAL BANDAGE: A periodontal bandage may have been placed. If the bandage becomes dislodged, gently remove it and take extra care to avoid the area.
  6. FOOD:
    • Avoid eating hot temperature foods for 5-7 days.
    • Avoid hard/ crunchy foods for 2 weeks and chew in areas that were not involved in the surgery.
    • No vigorous rinsing or drinking through a straw for the first 3-4 days.
  7. ACTIVITY: Rest. No strenuous (running/ heavy lifting) activity for at least 3- 4 days.
  8. NO SMOKING: For at least 2 weeks (switch to a patch if needed): Smoking will interfere with healing.