Dr. Pierres EMERGENCY numbers: (920) 621-5029 or (902) 825-1391
1. Discomfort and Medications:
Periodontal surgery, like other surgical procedures, may be associated with
varying degrees of discomfort. This depends on the procedure involved and
individual differences. If pain medications have been prescribed, it is usually
best to take first dose while the surgical site is still anesthetized ("numb").
should be taken strictly as prescribed. Variations from the prescribed regimen
can effect healing and the success of your procedure.
2. Bleeding: You
may notice slight bleeding from the surgical site. This type of minor bleeding
for the first 4-6 hours is not unusual. If at any time you notice the formation
of large blood clots or an obvious flow of blood which is more than a slight
ooze, notify our office immediately.
3. Sutures: Sutures
(stitches) are placed to hold the gum tissues in the proper position
for ideal healing. Sutures will usually have to be removed approximately 1-2
weeks after the surgery. Do not disturb the sutures with you tongue, toothbrush
or in any other manner, since displacement will impair healing. If you notice
that a suture has come out, or come loose, notify our office during regular
4. Dressing: A
periodontal dressing is often used to cover the surgical site for one to two
weeks after a surgery. The dressing is placed around your teeth to protect
the surgical area and should not be disturbed. If small pieces become lost,
and you have no discomfort, there is no reason for concern. If large pieces
break off or if the entire dressing becomes loose in the first two days, please
contact our office.
5. Diet: For your
comfort and to protect the surgical area, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid
chewing in the area of surgery. Avoid sharp foods (such as corn
chips, pretzels) as these may be uncomfortable and can dislodge the periodontal
dressing. Also, avoid foods or liquids that are hot in temperature. It is
important to maintain a diet with normal caloric intake level that is high
in protein, minerals and vitamins to support post-operative healing. Diet
supplements such as Carnation Instant Breakfast can provide an excellent source
of protein and other nutrients needed for healing. Other suggested soft foods
include soups, eggs, fruits and vegetables that are pureed in a blender, and
soft meals such as fresh fish and canned tuna. A one-a-day vitamin
may also be taken to ensure adequate vitamin and mineral levels. We also recommend
time release vitamin C for faster healing.
NOT THE TIME TO START A DIET!!!
6. Oral Hygiene:
Continue to brush and floss the teeth which were NOT involved in the
surgery. The surgical area should not be disturbed for the first week post-operatively.
7. Physical Activity:
Avoid strenuous activity during your immediate recovery period, usually 2-3
8. Swelling: Some
slight swelling of the operated area is not unusual and may begin after the
surgery. An ice pack may be used to minimize swelling; 10 minutes on, 10 minutes
off is advised. Any unusual or large swelling or marked rise in temperature
should be reported to our office immediately.
9. Smoking: All
smoking should be stopped until after your sutures have been removed to ensure
the best healing and success of your procedure. Healing results are significantly
worse in smokers than in non-smokers.
10. Do Nots:
For the next several days, DO NOT spit, smoke, rinse hard, drink through a
straw, create a sucking action in your mouth or use an oral irrigating