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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,
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,
• 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.
will review your post-operative instructions with you at the time of
Call us at 415-242-9999 if you have any questions or concerns, or if
any symptom persists. In emergency, call 911.