1. Day of the procedure:
Physical activity (running, biking, weight lifting or anything that increases heart rate) should be avoided since it will increase blood flow to the site and promote post-operative bleeding. You may resume normal activities two days after your procedure, with the exception of heavy exercise.
2. Periodontal dressing:
Periodontal dressing is sometimes used after procedures to cover the area. This dressing will become firm after 1 hour and should not be disturbed when setting. It may remain in place until your next appointment, when it will be removed. Small pieces, or the entire dressing, may come off beforehand, but this shouldn’t be a concern unless it is causing you discomfort.
You may have moderate discomfort after the freezing wears off. This may last for up to 4 days. Pain medication will be provided to you.
Swelling is often present during the first 4 days following a procedure. To help alleviate this, ice packs may be applied to the outside of the face near the affected area for up to 10 minutes on (and 10 minutes off) as needed. This can be continued 3-4 times per day during the first couple of days. If swelling continues beyond 4 days, it may be an indication of continued bleeding or infection at the site. Please call us if this is the case.
Do not be concerned if traces of blood are noted during the first few hours after your procedure. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously in the first day of healing. If you have any concerns regarding bleeding, call Dr. Johnston directly at 250.702.2602.
6. Cleaning of the area:
Meticulous cleaning (brushing/flossing/sulcabrush) is recommended in all areas of the mouth except the area of your procedure. A prescription rinse (chlorhexidine) will be provided to help keep the site clean since you will not be able to directly brush or floss the affected area. Rinse 2 times per day for 30 seconds each with a tablespoon of the chlorhexidine rinse. Avoid using chlorhexidine rinse within 30 minutes of toothpaste, since the toothpaste will interfere with the rinse’s action.
Try to avoid warm foods and drinks for the first 12 hours following your procedure, and chew with the opposite side of your mouth. Avoid foods with small bits such as popcorn and grains, and also avoid hard or spicy foods. Do not use a straw to drink fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 2 weeks following your procedure.
Do not smoke for at least 3 weeks following your procedure, as this will impair healing and success of the treatment.