Pre/Post-Operative Guides

Pre-Operative Instructions For Periodontal Surgery

Medical History Review
  • Inform us about all medications, supplements, and medical conditions, including any allergies.
  • Follow instructions regarding continuation or alteration of current medications.
  • Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners for a week prior unless otherwise instructed.
Eating & Drinking
  • Eat a normal meal the night before.
  • If IV sedation is planned, refrain from eating or drinking for eight hours before surgery.
Oral Hygiene
  • Brush and floss your teeth the night before and morning of the surgery.
  • A prescription mouth rinse may be provided to use prior to the procedure.
Dress & Transport
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Remove any jewelry before arriving for your surgery.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home if sedation is planned.
Additional Considerations
  • Avoid smoking or alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
  • Notify us if you develop a cold, sore throat, or other illnesses prior to the procedure.

Post-Operative Instructions For Periodontal Surgery

  • Use the provided gauze to apply gentle pressure to the surgical site if bleeding persists.
  • Avoid spitting, rinsing, or using straws for the first 24 hours.
Swelling & Discomfort
  • Apply ice packs to the affected side, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for the first 24 hours.
  • Take prescribed pain medications as directed.
  • Start with soft, cool foods, and gradually return to a normal diet as tolerated.
  • Avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods initially.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, or hot beverages.
Oral Hygiene
  • Continue gentle brushing, avoiding the surgical site.
  • Rinse with a warm saltwater solution or prescribed mouth rinse starting the day after surgery.
  • Rest for the first 24 hours and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
Smoking & Alcohol
  • Refrain from smoking and alcohol for at least 48-72 hours.
Sutures & Follow-Up
  • If sutures were placed, a follow-up appointment would be scheduled for removal.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments and report any unusual symptoms.

Post-Operative Instructions For Implants

Initial Care
  • Bite down gently on gauze to control bleeding, changing gauze as needed.
  • Avoid touching, probing, or rinsing the surgical site on the day of surgery.
Swelling & Pain Management
  • Use ice packs intermittently for the first 24 hours.
  • Sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling.
  • Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics as directed.
Oral Hygiene
  • Brush gently, avoiding the implant site, and use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • After the first day, rinse with warm salt water or prescribed mouth rinse to keep the area clean.
  • Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the side of the implant.
  • Stay hydrated, but avoid using straws as this can disrupt the surgical site.
Avoid Certain Activities
  • No smoking or alcohol consumption for at least a week, as these can hinder healing.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities for a few days.
Healing Abutments & Prosthetics
  • If temporary healing abutments or prosthetics were placed, take extra care not to disturb them.
Follow-Up & Monitoring
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor the healing and integration of the implant.
  • Notify our office if you experience excessive swelling, intense discomfort, fever, or any unusual symptoms.
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