After you have completed your periodontal surgery, Dr. Sean P Avera and our team will provide you with post-operative instructions to ensure that you heal properly and do not experience any complications following your treatment. Please review our general instructions for post-operative care, and click on the links provided for information about your post-operative care for your specific procedure. If you experience an emergency, please call our office as soon as possible. If your emergency is serious or life threatening, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. For more information about our post-operative instructions, and to make an appointment with our periodontist in Auburn, California, call us at 530-885-0953.


  • Participate in any vigorous physical activity for the first few days following your periodontal treatment
  • Eat or drink hot soup, hot coffee, or hot tea, hard food, chewy foods, or acidic foods for the first 24 hours after your treatment. Do NOT chew on ice, or chew aggressively. This can loosen or damage your restoration, grafts, sutures, or regeneration materials.
  • Use tobacco products, drink using a straw, or consume a carbonated beverage for at least 3 days following your treatment.


  • Carefully follow all guidelines provided by our doctor and team.
  • Practice good oral hygiene.
  • Eat soft foods while you are healing. Yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, refried beans, pasta, bananas, smoothies, milk shakes, protein shakes, mild soups, nutrition supplements, and vitamins are all good choices.
  • Use an ice pack (if instructed) for 15 min of ice followed by 10 min rest for 24 hours.
  • Continue your regular medications.
  • Leave the periodontal dressing/pack/bandage in place until your next appointment. If it comes off early, do not brush or floss the area.