Patient Instructions for Periodontal Treatment

  • For pain or discomfort you may take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
  • It is advisable to eat only soft food for the first 24 hours, and avoid any hard or spicy foods which could cause irritation. Allow any anesthetic effect to wear off before eating any hot foods.
  • Drink plenty of water during the first 24 hours – at least 8 glasses are recommended.
  • To relieve any soreness, place cold towels or an ice bag to the outside of your face in the treated area. Apply for 15 minutes, then remove for 15 minutes during the first 4-6 hours. If swelling around the teeth occurs, contact our office immediately.
  • On the morning after the treatment, rinse mouth with warm salt water (one-half teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily.
  • Brush teeth gently to help remove plaque that has started to form. We suggest using fluoridated, tarter control toothpaste.
  • Don’t use floor or other home tooth care products, such as toothpicks or electric brushes, until the day after your treatment. Then begin gently at first.
  • Because it is very common for periodontal disease to recur, patients should have regular checkups to monitor progress and prevent recurrence.
  • Increased sensitivity to temperatures, especially cold, may be observed for several days. If it persists, begin using sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. After 30 days of use, if no improvement occurs, please contact our office.
  • Following treatment, you may notice changes in your tooth position. Minor adjustments to the bite may be needed in rare instances.
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