Post-operative Instructions – Periodontology Inc., Columbus & Grove City OH

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Pain Management and Medications | Post-Surgery Discomfort | Diet and Aftercare

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. If necessary you will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed.

It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. As an alternative to prescription medications, some patients have found taking a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol to be effective. Some patients may alternate taking 600 mg Ibuprofen (3 Advil) and 2 Regular Strength Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or 1 Extra Strength, 1000 mg Acetaminophen (Tylenol), every 4-6 hours as needed.

Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Norco or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have Columbus Office Phone Number 614-451-5201.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may 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.

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Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and may typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible.

After 2-3 days, you may place a warm, moist compress over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.


A small amount of bleeding is normal. 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.


The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction. Columbus Office Phone Number 614-451-5201


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. A soft diet is recommended.
Eat foods easily eaten such as: 
  • cottage cheese
  • oatmeal
  • soup
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • pasta
  • mashed potatoes
  • casseroles
  • fruits
Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.


Do not exercise for 2 days following your surgical procedure. You may then resume regular physical activity. Please avoid any trauma to the mouth for at least 2 weeks. Athletic mouthguards may not fit properly after surgery due to the placement of dressing.


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.


Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.


Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may gently rinse using a mild, diluted mouthwash or warm salt water. Repeat as necessary to help keep the dressing clean.


Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.

Suture Removal

You may notice increased discomfort 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. You may choose to take some form of pain medication one hour prior to your suture removal appointment to minimize tenderness.

If you are a patient for whom Antibiotic Pre-Medication is required, take the prescribed antibiotics 1 hour prior to your suture removal appointment.

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Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Columbus Office Phone Number 614-451-5201 for the Columbus Office and Grove City Office Phone Number 614-957-8600 for the Grove City Office .

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