It is usual to have some bleeding following periodontal surgery. Occasionally, a few drops of blood will mix with saliva and color it red. Do not be alarmed — this is usual. We should be notified if a large jelly-like blood clot forms on the surgical area (small jelly-like clots are normal) or if the periodontal dressing begins to break or fall off completely.
If the periodontal dressing covering the graft becomes loose, call us, it will need to be replaced. If the other dressing becomes loose or falls off, do not be concerned unless you have bleeding with large clots forming.
We will provide you with a prescription for a medicine to alleviate pain. You should start to take the pain medicine before the local anesthetic wears off. If you have been given a prescription for antibiotics you must take all the tablets prescribed. Should the medications give you a rash, cause you to itch, make you nauseous, or give any other type of reaction, stop taking them and notify us as soon as possible.
To reduce swelling and facial discoloration that may occur, place an ice pack on the cheek on the side that surgery was performed. For the ice pack to be effective, it must be for several hours immediately following surgery. If swelling does occur, then heat (heating pad, warm towel) over the swollen area will aid the healing process.
Avoid strenuous activity the day of and a few days after periodontal surgery.
It is important to eat a balanced high protein diet following surgery. Some patients prefer soft foods such as soups, instant breakfast foods that you drink and blended foods. When you eat chew away from the surgical area so that the periodontal dressing is not dislodged. Avoid food and drinks that are extremely hot or cold as they may irritate the surgical area.
Avoid smoking as this may irritate the healing tissues.
It is normal for the teeth to be sensitive to cold for a period of time following periodontal surgery.
You may use your toothbrush and dental floss as usual in the areas your mouth not involved with surgery. Avoid brushing and flossing the teeth in the surgical news area as this will dislodge the periodontal dressing. Gentle warm salt water rinses will aid the healing and a flavored mouth rinse may be used if you develop an unpleasant taste in your mouth.