Periodontal Post-Op Instructions

Doctor going over post-op instructions with his patient

Smokers/Tobacco Users Warning:

Tobacco has a negative effect on gums and makes gum disease worse. Any type of smoking and/or chewing tobacco will have an adverse effect on the progress of your healing and may cause the gum disease to re-occur after treatment. If you are a smoker or chew tobacco, we highly recommend not to do so while you are healing or anytime after that.

General Guidelines for All Procedures:

Do not chew on hard, sticky or chewy foods for at least 24 hours. Never chew on ice. Avoid aggressive chewing and sticky foods such as “hard tack” candies that can loosen or damage a restoration. Carefully follow all guidelines provided by the doctor and staff, and make sure to practice good oral hygiene.

Additional instructions following various types of treatment are listed below. In the event of an emergency, please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.