Pre-and Post-Care Information

While many of the procedures performed at Progressive Periodontics and Dental Implants (PPDI) are surgical in nature, it is helpful to keep in mind that these are generally considered minor, in office procedures, performed on an ambulatory or outpatient basis. This means that in most cases, patients are able to drive to and from, and walk in and out of the office for their procedure.

For most cases, which are performed comfortably under a local anesthetic just like regular dentistry, it is important to follow your regular diet beforehand. We recommend against coffee consumption immediately prior to procedures. Occasionally, you may be given an antibiotic medication to start shortly before your procedure. The specific instructions will be personally reviewed with you.

You will be provided written after treatment care instructions specific for your particular procedure, as well. If intravenous conscious sedation is used, you will be instructed not to drive for the remainder of the day.

If your treatment was performed under local anesthetic, you will be able to drive to and from your appointment. If an oral anti-anxiety agent is used, you will need transportation to and from your appointment. We recommend you limit activities for the remainder of the day. Most are able to resume their regular routine the following day. In some cases, a softer diet may be easier to manage for the first few days after a procedure.

Mostly dissolvable stitches are used, and bothersome post-operative bleeding is rarely a problem. Usually ibuprofen manages post-operative discomfort well. You will probably be given your first dose to take at our office. Usually one and/or two week follow-up care visits are scheduled after a procedure. We find that patients heal better and faster when we help them understand appropriate home care after a procedure.