Dr. Todd Jones
Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Board Certified Dental Specialist
Call: (250) 475-1996

Post-op Instructions

Post-op Instructions following Periodontal Surgery or Implant Surgery
1.Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours after surgery.
2.Keep fingers and tongue away from the surgical area.
3.Use ice packs on side of the face receiving surgery for first 24 hours, apply ice 20 minutes on - 10 minutes off. Bags of frozen peas work well. Use moist heat after 24 hours.
4.For mild discomfort take Tylenol or Ibuprofen every four hours.
5.For medium or severe pain use the prescription given to you.
6.Drink plenty of fluids. (Do not use a straw)
7.Use the antimicrobial rinse provided by the periodontist twice a day. Use 15ml or 1/3 of the lid to soak the surgical site for 60 seconds.
8.Diet may consist of soft foods which can be easily chewed and swallowed. No seeds, nuts, rice, popcorn, etc.    
9.A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area using a small gauze for 10 to 15 minutes. This may have to be repeated several times. If bleeding persists, a moist teabag should be placed in the area of bleeding and bite firmly for one hour straight. This will aid in clotting blood. If bleeding still persists call our office. 
10.We suggest that you do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery. Nicotine may break down the blood clot and cause delayed healing.
11.Feel free to contact us if any doubt arises as to your progress and recovery.

To relieve pain

Immediately following the procedure begin taking medication as directed by your surgeon to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia wears off and feeling is back to normal. Application of an ice bag can also help relieve discomfort. After 24 hours continue to take your medication if pain persists, and use an ice bag if needed.

To minimize swelling

Immediately following the procedure apply an ice bag over the affected area. Use 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off for 1 hour and repeat 3 times a day to help prevent development of excessive swelling and discomfort. If an ice bag is unavailable, simply fill a heavy plastic bag with crushed ice. Tie end securely and cover with a soft cloth to avoid skin irritation.

Oral hygiene is important

Soak the wound twice a day with the antimicrobial rinse provided. If you wish you may rinse your mouth gently with a solution of one-half teaspoonful of salt dissolved in a glass of water. Repeat after every meal or snack for seven days. Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area and thus helps prevent infection and promote healing. Brush tongue with a dry toothbrush to keep bacteria growth down, but be careful not to touch the surgical site.

Resume your regular tooth brushing, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as not to loosen or remove the blood clot.

Maintain a proper diet

Have your meals at the usual time. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids - with meals and in between. Have what you wish, but be careful not to disturb the surgical site. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew.

In case of problems

Our patients rarely experience any problems other than some minor healing pain which is easily managed by mild pain killers. If you should have any problems such as excessive bleeding, pain, or difficulty in opening your mouth, call us immediately for further instructions or additional treatment.
Remember your follow-up visit

It is advisable to return for your post-surgical examination to make certain healing is progressing satisfactorily. A follow-up visit will be scheduled. In the meantime, maintain a healthful diet, observe rules for proper oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for regular checkups.


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