Post-Op Instructions

h-perfectSmilePost-Op Instructions for Periodontal Surgery


Lie down with your head elevated for the rest of the day. We ask that you please limit your physical activity and keep moving to a minimum.

Ice Application

For the first 4-5 hours after the surgery, we recommend placing an ice bag to your face in 20-minute intervals. This will help reduce facial swelling. If needed, you can use an ice bag for 24-hours.

Medication Instructions

Please take anti-inflammatory medications to prevent inflammation, swelling and pain. If you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic, please take as directed. We ask that you finish the entire dosage. If any of the medications are causing you nausea, itching or a rash, discontinue its use and call our office immediately.

If You Experience Bleeding

The day of your surgery, some minor bleeding may occur and is no cause for alarm. Gently rinse your mouth out with iced water or iced tea. We ask that you refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol as these activities will interfere with blood clotting and irritate your mouth. If your bleeding continues, bite down on a moistened tea bag for 20 minutes or try keeping ice water in your mouth.

Eating Guidelines

When you arrive home after surgery, you may have something very soft to eat or cold to drink. In the evening on the day of your surgery, we recommend eating a soft, bland meal as this is usually the best way to help you feel better. For two weeks, please do not eat anything hard or crunchy.

Caring for Your Mouth

We strongly request that you DO NOT brush the area in which you had surgery as this will hinder the healing process. Please continue your regular oral hygiene habits on all other areas in your mouth. If you’ve received Perioscience Rinse or Gel, please use it two (2) - four (4) times daily until your next appointment with our office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists

  • Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - 3420 Clarksville St., Paris, TX 75460 Phone: 800-605-8231 903-785-4832 Fax: 903-785-3807

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