The office of Aaron T. Ward, DMD, MS, PC has provided the following instructions to patients who have completed a surgical procedure for periodontal disease in Ogden, Utah. We strive to minimize your discomfort and help you heal as quickly as possible. Please follow all post-operative instructions as closely as possible. For more information, and to speak with our periodontist, please contact us at 801-394-6651.

Pain Medications

It is common for patients to experience discomfort for at least one week following surgery. If needed, we will provide a prescription for ibuprofen 800 mg during this recovery period to manage pain levels. Please use all medications as directed; take the ibuprofen 800 mg every 6 hours or as needed. We recommend that you eat while taking your medication. Using pain medication on an empty stomach can result in nausea.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your pain medications.


If you have any allergies or are sensitive to antibiotics, please alert our office so that we can avoid any potential complications. Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed until they are gone. Do not take your antibiotics on an empty stomach, as you may experience nausea.

If you are a woman using birth control pills, be aware that antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of your contraceptives.


Swelling may occur following your procedure, and could possibly increase after 2-3 days. You can minimize swelling by placing an ice pack over the outside cheek of the affected area, alternating 20 minutes on and 20 minute off. Use ice packs as often as possible for 2-3 days following your procedure.


A small amount of bleeding is normal, and should stop quickly. If you continue to bleed, or begin to bleed excessively, follow these instructions and contact our office immediately:

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Elevate your head while lying down.
  • Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
  • Place a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure in the affected area for 20 minutes.


Dressings (bandages) are used to protect the surgical site. If your bandage come off or is uncomfortable, please contact our office.


Proper nutrition will help you feel better and aid in the healing process. While healing, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where your surgical procedure was performed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for 1 hour following your treatment. For a few days, follow a “soft diet.” Foods that can be easily eaten include:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Casseroles
  • Bananas or other fruit that is easy to eat


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your procedure. Smoking significantly reduces your rate of healing and can cause complications in the results of your surgery. Our periodontist recommends that you reduce your smoking and tobacco use, and that you consider quitting entirely.


Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.


Do not rinse your teeth for 24 hours following your procedure. Then use a mild, diluted mouthwash until directed otherwise.

Brushing & Flossing

Do not brush or floss near the site of your surgery. You may resume normal brushing and flossing in other areas of your mouth the day following your procedure.

Suture Removal

As the tissues of your mouth begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures (stitches) and dressing, causing discomfort. You may take a pain reliever an hour before your appointment to remove the sutures to minimize tenderness and discomfort. If you are taking antibiotic medication, take your prescribed antibiotics 1 hour before your suture removal appointment.

If you have any questions about post-operative surgical instructions, please contact our office to speak with a member of our team.