Pre-operative Instructions

How To Care For Your Teeth After Your Operation

The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at Fredericksburg Periodontist Phone Number 540-548-2605 during regular business hours.

You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment.

It is important to discuss with Dr. Culberson what effect any anti-coagulant therapy may have on your surgery or the post-operative phase of healing.  Medicines with anti-coagulant properties include not only prescription medications such as Warfarin (Coumadin) and Clopidogrel (Plavix), but also over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, other non-steroidal medications, and vitamins, or supplements.

If you take a pre-operative antibiotic, please take it as directed before your surgery.

Unless directed otherwise, such as when iv. sedation is to be used, you should ingest some food and /or liquid prior to surgery.

We keep the office relatively cool, so dress accordingly.  We ask that you wear clothing that will allow easy access for application of a blood pressure cuff.  


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic if our doctor determines it to be necessary. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Don't Hesitate To Call

Please call our office at Fredericksburg Periodontist Phone Number 540-548-2605 with any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Culberson. You can also fill out our online form.


If you elect to use some type of adjunctive sedation therapy, you must have a ride to and from the office.  Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of thIn order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for weekly post-operative checks during the first 1-5 weeks. In most cases, after surgery we will also look forward to seeing you back for a periodontal maintenance cleaning and an examination of tissue maturation about 10-12 weeks following the surgery.e following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese

If you have any questions, we will be happy to discuss these items in more detail with you.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to discuss these items in more detail with you.

In order to evaluate your progress and healing, we will see you for periodic post-operative checks. In most cases after surgery, we will also discuss with you institution of a periodontal maintenance cleaning schedule that we may or may not share with your family dentist.