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Pre-operative Instructions

  • Your periodontal procedure will be done in our office under local anaesthesia (freezing). A topical anaesthetic gel will be placed on the area prior to the anaesthetic injection to minimize any discomfort you may experience. Once the area is “frozen”, it is unlikely that you will have any pain during the periodontal procedure. We will do minimally invasive procedures wherever possible.
  • In most cases a periodontal dressing will be placed over the area after surgery. This dressing looks like a thin piece of pink bubble gum. It may chip away or fall off before you return for your postoperative check. This is O.K. – it does NOT mean anything has gone wrong; it does not have to be replaced.
  • You will not be able to chew or brush in the surgical area for 10 – 14 days afterwards.
  • When the anaesthetic wears off (1-4 hours after you leave the office), you may have some pain or discomfort; this will vary from person-to-person. Prescriptions for an analgesic (pain medication) and probably an antibiotic (to guard against infection) will be given to you when you leave the office.
  • After the surgical procedure you will have to return 7 – 14 days later for a post-operative check/dressing removal and then again one month later for a final check.
  • Most of the sutures we use are absorbable (dissolving) but some may have to be removed (this is relatively painless).
  • You may eat prior to your surgical procedure but only lightly.
  • It is better if you go home after your procedure and spend the day quietly. You will be able to get home on your own after most procedures, but in some cases someone will have to pick you up. Please ask us.
  • In most cases, you should be able to return to work the next day but for some longer procedures an additional day at home may be necessary.
  • Post-operative instructions will be given to you after your procedure and are available on this website.