Please read the following instructions carefully.
It is suggested that you place an ice pack over the treated area(s) every 20 minutes, to minimize swelling. You can also place ice cubes in your mouth if you prefer. Do not rinse your mouth excessively the first day. After the first day, you may rinse with 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed with four ounces of water to aid in keeping the treated areas clean. This should be done 4-5 times daily.
If the periodontal packing that is applied to the surgical site falls off within the first 2 days. please call the office. Do not brush or floss the treated area(s) until instructed to do so. At your follow up visit in two weeks, you will be instructed on how to clean the area. If the packing does comes off after the third day, you may clean the area lightly with a cotton swab and peroxide only.
It is recommended that a soft food diet be followed for the first week and it is important to maintain adequate nourishment following surgery .
Please complete all prescibed medications. The instructions for Tetracycline (antibiotic), are: take two tablets initially and follow with two tablets twice daily, until all medication is completed. The lbuprofen is prescribed to minimize the discomfort and swelling. We recommend taking medications with plenty of water and food. If you should have a reaction to an antibiotic such as a rash or hives, discontinue usage and call during normal business hours.
The following situations are not considered an emergency.
* It is considered normal if packing should fall off 3-5 days after surgery.
* It is considered normal if swelling should occur 2-4 days after surgery.
After office hours
If you should have a true emergency, our service will be available to assist you. They will contact Dr. Malpeso immediately.