Post Op Instructions

  • Apply moistened gauze to the surgical site, with moderate pressure, for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Apply ice to the outside of your face. 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Take your medications as prescribed. Pain medication should be taken prior to the numbness wearing off.
  • Elevate your head when lying down.
  • Do not brush or floss the surgical site, unitl advised to.
  • Avoid chewing on the surgical site.
  • Avoid hot foods.
  • Do not smoke for at least two weeks after your surgery.
  • Do not drink alcohol while still taking your prescription medications.

What to Expect

Slight bleeding or oozing may occur during the first 12-24 hour after the procedures, this is normal. If you have difficulty controlling the bleeding, please call our office.


You may experience some swelling or even slight bruising in the area after surgery. Swelling maximizes 3-4 days after surgery, do not be alarmed if swelling looks worse on the third or fourth day. If swelling does not subside and if accompanied by fever, please call the office.


You may experience some discomfort after your surgery, this is normal. If the discomfort become too severe please call the office.

Color Changes

After some surgical procedures you may notice a change in color of the gum tissue, this is part of the healing process.


Nausea is occasionally caused by the medications you are taking. Medications should be taken with food. If necessary, discontinue medication and call the an alternate prescription.

Loss of Sutures

Loss of sutures is a common occurrence several days after surgery. Do not be concerned unless the tissue appears to be sparating from the teeth or bleeding occurs.


Following periodontal surgery, it's not uncommon to experience increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sometimes sweet foods.

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