Dr. Sid Tucker and Dr. Raphael Csillag are committed to providing you with a smooth, efficient surgical experience. We encourage you to review the following instructions prior to your appointment to prepare for your procedure.
You may need to cease taking Motrin and Advil about 7-10 days prior to your procedure. Discontinue any blood thinners as directed by your physician. Take antibiotics as directed prior to surgery, as well as a light meal.
Notify our team in advance if you experience allergies or sensitivities to certain antibiotics. Our periodontists may prescribe an antibiotic following your procedure.
Please arrange for a ride home from our office if you will be taking one of the following oral sedatives, and bring the remaining tablets with you:
- Valium (Diazepam)
- Ativan (Lorapam)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
Avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth for a few days. We encourage you to maintain a soft food diet for the first few days after surgery, until your teeth and jaw are comfortable enough to bit into harder food. Excellent soft food choices include:
- Cottage cheese
- Ensure/Slim Fast
- Macaroni & cheese
- Mashed potatoes
You may experience discomfort in the first week following oral surgery. Our periodontists will provide you with prescription medication to ease your post-op recovery. Please take the medication as directed, or about every 4-6 hours. We advise taking medication with food to avoid nausea. You may also find over-the-counter pain relievers to be effective; however, please check with our office before mixing over-the-counter pain relievers with prescription medication.
Refrain from rinsing your mouth for 24 hours, after which you can use a mild, diluted mouthwash to keep the dressing clean.
Do not brush the surgical site. Brush and floss the other areas of your mouth as normal after the first day.
Our periodontists may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection in the surgical site. Take as directed until the prescription is complete. Please note that antibiotics may decrease the efficacy of birth control pills.
Many patients experience swelling 2-3 days after a surgical procedure. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek at 20-minute intervals for a few days.
Some bleeding after surgery is normal. If you experience prolonged, excessive bleeding:
- Avoid rinsing your mouth.
- Keep your head elevated when lying down.
- Place moist gauze or a moistened tea bag on the wound and apply moderate pressure for about 20 minutes, repeating as necessary.
- Contact our office if bleeding persists.
Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks after your surgery, as smoking slows healing and can compromise the outcome.
Do not consume alcohol while you are on prescription medication.
As the tissue heals, it can pull against the sutures, resulting in sum discomfort. You are welcome to take pain medication an hour before your scheduled suture removal to minimize tenderness in your mouth.
Our team will invite you back to our office during the first 1-5 weeks to assess your progress. Following most surgical cases, we will schedule a periodontal maintenance cleaning 10-12 weeks after surgery. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns, please feel to contact our periodontal office in Bardonia, New York, at 845-623-6666 during our office hours.