Home Care Instructions

Following Periodontal Surgery

We ask that you follow these directions to help promote healing after your oral surgery for dental implants, cosmetic dentistry or gum disease. Please do not hesitate to call the Hall Periodontics office with any questions.

  1. DO NOT eat anything or drink hot liquids for one hour after surgery.
  2. RELAX as much as possible for the remainder of the day.
  3. TODAY, you should use an ice pack to minimize swelling. Apply the pack to your face for 10 minutes on, then 10 minutes off the operated site as often as possible.
  4. YOU MAY use Peridex (Chlorhexidine rinse) if it was prescribed. Rinse twice daily with ½ ounce for 30 seconds. If you run out, use Listerine. Although you may lightly brush your teeth in the surgical area, don’t brush along the gum line where the sutures are located. Don’t floss the surgical area for the first week after surgery.
  5. FOR DISCOMFORT: Take two Tylenol, Advil or other well-known headache tablets, OR: Use the prescription medication or have us phone the pharmacist for one. We prefer Tylenol or Advil to aspirin since aspirin can cause a bleeding problem. If you are taking narcotic pain medication, do not drink alcohol, drive or operate machinery.
  6. SOME SWELLING in the first 48 hours is normal; however, if you begin to swell after that, or if you become feverish, CALL US. Swelling is a normal healing response and will usually peak the morning of the third day following surgery.
  7. FOR RECURRENT BLEEDING: Apply a wet tea bag or moistened gauze with pressure to the bleeding area for at least ¾ of an hour without interruption. If the bleeding continues, CALL US. Continued spitting and/or smoking creates a suction that can cause bleeding to continue.
  8. DIET – To avoid problems, do not eat chewy or hard foods such as toast, raw vegetables or tough meat. Soft nutritious foods should be included in your diet.
  9. If any condition develops that seems unusual to you, please contact us immediately to determine the necessity for emergency prescriptions or treatment.

Please do not hesitate to call Dr. John Hall

Office: 231-946-2910
Cell: 231-392-6918
Gaylord: 989-731-2700

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We are seeing patients while taking many precautions to ensure that care is delivered in a sanitary, safe environment.

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Infection Control and Concerns Regarding the Corona Virus Crisis


As of Monday, June 1, the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order has been lifted for the State of Michigan.


Our staff is working tirelessly to cancel/reschedule pending appointments.
Please call with any questions/concerns, or to schedule an emergency appointment.
Please stay healthy, observe social distancing. Thanks for your understanding.
- Dr. John Hall

Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office. What about the new coronavirus?

It is very understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.

If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.

If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.

It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.

Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.

Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.

Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19

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