Post-Op Instructions

What to expect after Surgery

Blood and Bleeding:  There may be blood stain in the saliva for a few hours after surgery.  Pink saliva is not abnormal.  If bleeding is excessive, lie down with the head elevated, and place gentle pressure against the area of bleeding.  If bleeding does not stop after a few minutes, please call the office at (925) 283-8101.  My cell phone number is (925) 817-7941.

Pain:  Following periodontal surgery, some pain is expected.  Over the counter pain medicines (such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol) may be adequate.  Prescription pain medicines can be used, but they have more side effects (such as nausea and drowsiness).  If these medicines do not control the pain, or if pain increases after the second day, please call me.

Exercise:  Limit vigorous exercise for the next 72 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site. 

Swelling:  Swelling in the area of surgery is not unusual.  There may be some bruising along with swelling.  It should reach its maximum 48-72 hours after surgery, and then typically decreases.  If the swelling does not decrease after a few days, please call me.  Ice packs applied on the outside of the face over the affected area for  20 minutes on, 20 minutes off are helpful, but only on the day of surgery.

Oral Hygiene:  The operated teeth cannot be brushed or flossed for the first week.  Teeth that were not operated can be brushed and flossed, but be careful not to accidentally bump operated areas.  If prescription mouthwash was prescribed, please rinse twice a day for 30 seconds.

Eating:    Restrict your diet to liquids until the local anesthetic wears off.  Thereafter, you may want to eat soft foods (such as rice or pasta) until you feel better.  You can chew normally on non-operated teeth.


Please also refer to the following for specific instructions pertaining to your procedure:

What to expect after an Extaction

Home Care instructions following a  Gingival Tissue Graft

Post operative care after Periodontal Surgery

Implant surgery home care

What to expect after Laser treatment

Sinus Precautions



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