Follow Post-Op?Periodontal Treatment Procedures as Close as Possible.
Following these Post-Op?Periodontal Treatment Procedures will make you more comfortable, promote healing and prevent any possible complications.
What to Expect After Periodontal Treatment
There are several pieces of information that one should consider after any Periodontal Treatment
- Tenderness is normal. Avoid brushing or flossing the treated area for 12 hours. However, after 12 hours it is very important that you continue to brush well. Please be careful brushing and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may moisten the brush with warm water if tissues are tender. You may also gently massage the areas treated with your washed fingers. This will increase circulation and promote healing.
- Tomorrow morning, start rinsing gently with warm saltwater (1 tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of water) rinse every four hours for two days. Rinse and spit saltwater. Do not swallow.
- Tooth sensitivity is normal and temporary. You may use desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne or any major brand for sensitivity relief.
- Some discomfort may occur when the local anesthesia ?wears off?. If pain medication is prescribed, take as directed. Some pain medications can affect your reaction, therefore DO NOT drive or operate potentially dangerous equipment while taking the pain medication.
Care of Your Mouth – Post-Op
- OTC Pain Medications – Over-the-counter analgesics (pain medication), as allowed by your physician, such as Ibuprofen or Advil (taken with food) and Tylenol should alleviate any residual discomfort. Do not consume any alcohol while taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol. The Ibuprofen and Tylenol combination should be taken for 48 hours and as needed for pain after that. Do not take Tylenol with prescription pain medications and avoid taking pain pills on an empty stomach as this sometimes causes nausea.
- Swelling – Apply an ice-pack if any swelling occurs during the first 24 hours. Place a cold pack over the area (20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off) for at least four hours to help reduce swelling. After the first 24 hours, apply a heating pad (low-setting) to reduce the swelling. Swelling may be present for 3-4 days.
- Oozing – A little oozing or bleeding is normal. Avoid spitting, vigorous rinsing or sucking actions since this will encourage bleeding. If mouth is filling up with blood, us gauze to apply pressure to area. If bleeding still persists, please call the office.
- Eating – Stick to primarily a cold soft diet the first 24 hours; doing so will promote rapid healing and good results. Stay away from spicy foods and anything crispy like chips, toast, etc. After this let your comfort level guide you.
- Smoking – Please DO NOT SMOKE for at least 48 hours following treatment. Tobacco smoke is an irritant to healing tissue. Refrain from smoking as long as possible.
- Take it Easy – Go about your normal routine, but try to limit heavy exercise and excessive activity until you are completely healed
Be sure to schedule your 3 month follow up appointment, it is crucial in maintaining the health of your gums.
Your comfort and satisfaction are very important to us.? If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at (952) 935-5599.