General Post Operative Surgical Instructions


After leaving the office, if possible, relax as much as possible for the remainder of the day. No strenuous activity for several days.


Some discomfort may be present when the anesthesia wears off. You have been given a prescription for an anti-inflammatory analgesic. Take the prescribed pain medicine before the anesthetic wears off. The need for additional pain medication is individual. If pain persists, add an extra strength Tylenol between doses of ibuprofen. Don’t smoke. Wound healing will be delayed. The area may ache more on the 4th day. This is just part of the healing process.


In order to minimize swelling following surgery, apply an ice bag wrapped in a towel to the outside of the face in the operated areas, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off, for a period of 4 hours. The ibuprofen will be of value in reducing your swelling, if needed.


It is common to have slight bleeding for a few hours following periodontal surgery. If this persists, rinse your mouth very gently with cool water. If bleeding still persists, apply a tea bag to the surgical area with a firm pressure over the dressing for 15 minutes and repeat if necessary. If excess bleeding continues, please call the office.


Continue thorough plaque removal techniques in the areas where you have access. Gentle cleaning can continue in the surgical areas although the dressing will limit access to only the chewing surfaces of the teeth. However, you must be careful not to disrupt healing areas. Use the prescription rinse after meals and before bed to keep the surgical areas clean.


Maintaining adequate fluid intake during the first 12-24 hours is important to avoid dehydration. In addition, adequate amounts of nourishing foods are essential for proper healing. High protein foods and liquids are desirable for a 3-5 day postoperative period. In general, extremely hot foods should be avoided during the first 12-24 hours, and hard foods and highly seasoned foods should be avoided during the first week. However, eat whatever you can tolerate, but be careful not to disturb the surgical site. Do not eat popcorn, chips or nuts. Do not use a straw. The teeth in the operated area may feel loose temporarily and will be evaluated


If a dressing has been placed over the area after surgery, please do not disturb it. Do not drink hot beverages for a period of 2 hours after surgery since the dressing is not completely set until that time. If small pieces of the dressing break off, do not be concerned. If large portions of the dressing are displaced and discomfort is experienced, please contact the office. If the dressing should fall off after 4 days, and you are comfortable, replacement of the dressing is unnecessary.


If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until ALL ARE GONE, as long as there are no adverse reactions or discomfort (itching, redness, etc.)

If any other questions arise, please do not hesitate to call the office at (303) 449-1301, Dr. Horrocks’ cell at (303) 588-0757. Dr. Christine Cole’s cell (303)819-4209