The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. You will receive a call from a treatment coordinator two days prior to your surgery. She will call your prescriptions into the pharmacy once speaking to you and answering any questions. Please bring your filled prescriptions to your appointment. It is important to stop taking Aspirin and non-steroidals such as Motrin or Advil, 7-10 days prior to your surgery. If you are taking Coumadin or another blood thinner, please check with your primary care physician before discontinuing use. We keep the office cool, so dress warmly.
To evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for post-operative appointment, usually 2 weeks after surgery to remove sutures. Then, in some cases, we will see you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of surgical area about 10-12 weeks following the surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.
If you take antibiotic premed, please take it as directed before your surgery.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary
We encourage you to eat prior to your surgery. If you are diabetic, it is important you maintain your regular diet prior to surgery. You must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for driving you home and caring for you after surgery. YOU CANNOT DRIVE YOURSELF!
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK (this includes WATER, soda, coffee, etc) 8 hours prior to your surgery. If you take blood pressure medication, please take with minimal water. It is important that you have an empty stomach at the time of surgery.
Please wear short sleeves, to allow us to place the blood pressure cuff and IV.
DO NOT drink alcoholic beverage 12 hours prior to surgery.
You need to have a driver. YOU CANNOT DRIVE YOURSELF!
When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:
Macaroni & Cheese,
DO NOT USE A STRAW OR SUCK ON ANYTHING, AS SUCTION WILL START BLEEDING. It can cause the blood clot to dislodge. The clot is the first step toward healing.
Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed.
Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 1 hour following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing.
Avoid hard and sharp foods (such as corn chips) as these can be uncomfortable and dislodge the dressing.
A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten.
AFTER SURGERY IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO START A DIET. During the period when chewing is impaired the need for certain vitamins and minerals increased. A multi-vitamin with a high level of Vitamin C and Zinc may be taken to promote healing.
It is common to have some bleeding or oozing during the first one to two days following periodontal surgery. A pink discoloration to your saliva is normal, however, bright red blood is not to be expected.
If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:
Do not rinse your mouth.
Elevate your head when lying down.
Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes, repeat if necessary.
Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes.
Call the office if bleeding persists.
An antibiotic will be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
After leaving the office, relax for the remainder of the day. Avoid bending or lifting for the first 24 hours. You may return to your regular schedule the following day, avoiding strenuous activities such as jogging or exercise programs for one week.