Post-Procedure Care Instructions for Osseous Surgery (Pocket Depth Reduction)

After undergoing osseous surgery, also known as pocket depth reduction, it’s important to follow these guidelines for a smooth recovery:

  • Oral Care: Refrain from pulling on your lip or probing the surgical area with your tongue or fingers. Avoid forceful rinsing, spitting, or drinking through a straw. Apply gentle pressure by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for 30 minutes to reduce bleeding. Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours. If bleeding persists, contact our office immediately. Take all prescribed medications, including mouth rinses, as directed.

  • Oral Hygiene: After 24 hours, perform warm salt water rinses (one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) 4-5 times a day after meals. Use a soft manual toothbrush to gently brush your teeth, including the surgical areas.

  • Suture Care: Sutures may be placed after the surgery, and most sutures dissolve on their own.

  • Swelling Management: Apply a cold compress to the face near the surgical site to minimize swelling. Use the cold compress for up to 20 minutes on and at least 20 minutes off as needed for the first 36 hours. After this period, alternating warm packs on and off in 15-minute intervals can help reduce swelling.

  • Dietary Recommendations: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoid spicy, acidic, sharp, or crunchy foods for the initial recovery period. Refrain from using tobacco or alcohol.

  • Activity Restrictions: Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery to support the healing process.

Remember, if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for assistance. We’re here to ensure your comfort and well-being throughout the healing process.