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Prior to your appointment

Contact us with your physician's and pharmacy's names and phone numbers:

• If there is any change in your medical history (uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, heart murmur, artificial heart valve or joint, bleeding disorder, etc)

• If you take aspirin or autocollimator agents such as Advil, Motrin, etc.

• A nutritious diet is crucial to your speedy recovery, since vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins are needed for growth of new tissues and healing of wounds. Higher doses of vitamin C and multi-vitamin supplements (vitamins A, E, B, K and D) before periodontal surgery enhance the healing process and decrease the possibility of infection.

The day of the procedure:

• Have your meals and regular medications as recommended.

• Dress comfortably.

• Avoid alcohol or too much coffee.

• Bring any removable retainers, mouth guards, dentures.

• Bring your favorite CD, relax in our back massager and delegate your care to us.

After your periodontal surgery:

• Apply an ice pack—15 minutes on, 5 minutes off—for few hours following surgery to decrease discomfort and swelling.

• To eat, wait until your numbness has worn off


• For the first 48 hours, do not use straws, and moderate your diet to softer foods such as yogurt, ice cream, soft soups and cottage cheese. Drink plenty of fluids, take your regular medications as directed, and enjoy a healthy balanced diet rich on protein (chicken, fish) and vitamins.

• After first 24 hours, and if instructed, you may gently rinse around the treated area with warm water or mouthwash three times a day as directed, but frequent or vigorous rinsing must be avoided until the area is fully healed. If no mouthwash was prescribed, you may put a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently rinse, swish, and spit.

• Mild discomfort is normal. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. Don't take medication on an empty stomach, or you may feel nauseated.

• Relax and avoid strenuous activities (running, weight lifting, swimming) for the first 48 hours.

• Some slight bleeding is normal for a day or so following the surgery. If bleeding persists, apply firm pressure with a gauze pad or bite on a tea bag for 20 minutes and elevate your head with pillows. Call us if this doesn't control bleeding, or if bleeding increases.

• Take your meds (antibiotics, prescription mouth wash) as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

• When brushing and flossing, skip the surgical area. In the other areas of your mouth, continue your normal home care routine.

• During a brief one week post operative follow up visit, we will remove your dressing (pink putty band-aid) and sutures - if applicable. You do not need to call us if your dressing comes off by itself.

We will review your post-operative instructions with you at the time of your appointment. Call us at 415-242-9999 if you have any questions or concerns, or if any symptom persists.

In emergency, call 911.

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