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Periodontal Surgery

Information and post-operative directives

If you experience pain when the effect of anaesthesia has worn off, take a painkiller: We will issue a prescription you may fill at the pharmacy. If you feel slight discomfort, you may use as a painkiller like Tylenol or Advil. If antibiotics are prescribed after surgery, know that they may contravene the effect of contraceptive pills. Another method of contraception must be used while taking antibiotics. At no time should you use aspirin because it increases the risk of bleeding. Rinse your mouth gently. A mouthwash may be prescribed after surgery and should be used as directed. A little swelling may appear and it is recommended that you apply cold for periods of 20 minutes at a time every hour for 48 hours. The third day, heat should be applied according to the same regimen.

Eat soft food for the first 24 hours. We suggest that you choose foods high in protein and vitamins to promote healing. Avoid hot drinks like tea, coffee or soup for 24 to 48 hours because heat causes bleeding. There may be some minor bleeding during the first 24 hours. Do not worry. Do not spit or rinse your mouth. If large blood clots or blood loss appear, please follow the following procedure: Take a piece of sterile cotton or a wet tea bag and apply it on the wound for 30 minutes without removing it. Repeat if bleeding continues. If a palatal plate was placed, feel free to wear it. Do not rinse and spit.

Do not smoke, or at least reduce your smoking to a minimum, after surgery. Smoking delays healing and can lead to periodontal disease. Stop any exercise during the first 48 hours to reduce the risk of bleeding. Continue to brush your teeth except for the area of surgery. The dressing (if used) will normally remain in place for a week. If large parts of the dressing stand out in the first 2 or 3 days, please call us. For those who receive a graft, the dressing should remain in place for four days, minimum. Do not worry if the dressing comes off after this period.

Effects you may experience after periodontal surgery :

1.   The teeth may seem mobile until final treatment or healing has been completed.

2.   The roots of uncovered during surgery, may be sensitive to hot and cold. A mouthwash with fluoride and good dental hygiene will decrease the sensitivity.

Clinique de parodontie de l’Outaouais

111 boul. St-Joseph
Gatineau (Quebec)
J8Y 3W7
Phone: 819 772-4222
Fax: 819 772-4222
Académie Canadienne de Parondontie
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