Instructions After Gum Surgery

1).  Do not eat anything or drink hot fluids until the effect of anaesthesia wears off to avoid injury from accidental biting or burning.

2).  DONOT spit, rinse vigorously and DONOT drink through a straw for 3 days so the blood clot will not be disturbed.

3).  Slight bleeding is normal for several hours following surgery. If persistent bleeding occurs, place ice wrapped in cotton cloth or ice pack or wet teabag on the involved area and apply direct pressure for 15-20 continuous minutes. Repeat as necessary.

4).  In case of excessive bleeding, swelling and pain, report to the clinic.

5).  Do not pull back the lips or cheeks to look at the area as this can disturb the surgical site and increase complications.

6).  Rest as much as possible with your head elevated for one day. No vigorous exercising for 3 days.

7).  Do not eat by the surgical area for 1 week. Soft nutritious foods will be necessary for the first few days. Avoid acidic and crunchy foods.

8).  Eat what is comfortable for you. Try to avoid eating brittle, crunchy food as well as hard foods that require heavy pressure to chew. Soft foods and liquids are best and avoid chewing on the side that was treated.

9).  Drink plenty of fluids.

10).  Do not use tobacco or drink alcohol as these will delay healing.

11).  Swelling can be lessened by placing a cold compress on the face alternating on and off for 20 minutes during the first 72 hours.

12).  Take all medications the doctor has prescribed for you according to directions.

13).  Starting 24 hours after surgery, gently rinse your mouth with ¼ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water three times a day.

14).  After the periodontal treatment, proper oral hygiene must be maintained in the surgical area to aid in healing. After one week, carefully brush the teeth while avoiding the gums in the area of surgery.

15).  Gentle flossing can be resumed in 2-3 weeks. Regular brushing can be resumed after 3 weeks.

16).  You may notice increased discomfort 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing.

17).  After periodontal surgery, sensitivity of the teeth may occur. This is remedied by maintaining proper oral hygiene and by the use of specially formulated desensitising toothpaste.

18).  If a periodontal pack has been placed in your mouth, do not remove it. The pack should remain in place for one week. If the pack comes off before this time, it is not an emergency, but the doctor should be notified.

19).  Sutures will be removed 7-14 days after surgery.