Brushing and flossing
The day following the procedure, begin by brushing and flossing the areas that were not part of the surgical procedure. AVOID THE SURGICAL SITE until we give you proper instructions during your post-operative visit. A white film may accumulate over the surgical site, this is completely normal.
Use the prescribed mouthwash twice a day, starting the morning following the procedure, until told to stop by your dentist.
Do not use any electric toothbrush for the 6 weeks following the surgical procedure
Do not use a Water Pik for at least 6 weeks following the surgical procedure.
FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS
An adequate diet is necessary for proper healing. After the procedure, your diet must be limited to COLD LIQUIDS. Dietary supplements are strongly recommended.
To be avoided:
- Soda drinks
- Drinking with a straw
AFTER THE FIRST 24 HOURS FOLLOWING THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE
Slowly introduce soft foods that are easy to chew such as:
Cooked vegetables, Cooked fish, Pasta, Meatloaf
DO NOT SKIP ANY MEALS
Eating regularly will make you feel better, give you more energy, reduce any discomfort and help you heal faster.
- Plan on staying home the day of, as well as the day following the procedure. While you sleep, elevate your head to reduce inflammation. SLEEP IN A SEMI-UPRIGHT POSITION.
- AFTER 24 HOURS you can return to your regular schedule, but AVOID heavy housework and all physical activities for 1 WEEK FOLLOWING THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE.
- PAIN KILLERS: Take within the hour following the procedure with some milk, fruit juice or water.
- NEVER TAKE MEDICATION ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
- NEVER TAKE ADVIL OR ASPIRINE, unless prescribed by your dentist. These medications increase your risk of bleeding.
- ANTIBIOTICS: Take your medication as indicated, making sure to finish the prescription.
It is normal to experience swelling following a periodontal procedure. To minimize the swelling, we suggest the use of an “ICE PACK”. Place it on your cheek in 10 minute intervals (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Continue to apply it as much as possible during the first 24 hours
A light bleeding is normal during the first days following the surgical procedure. Should the bleeding become excessive, call us immediately: 450-473-6620
DO NOT SMOKE for 3 weeks following the procedure. Smoking slows the healing process and will affect the results of the intervention.
Non-dissolving stitches were used. They will be removed at your follow-up appointments at 4 and 12 weeks.
Our greatest desire is that you are as comfortable as possible following the procedure. It is important to ask all the questions and to inform us of any changes during the healing period.