Our office has put together a few things for you to consider after your surgery. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call so that we can answer your questions.
Pain medication should be taken as prescribed when needed. You may wish to take the tablets after eating to reduce stomach upset. If you are given antibiotics please take them exactly as prescribed and continue taking them until you finish them or are instructed to stop them. If you develop itching, rash, vomiting or other unusual reactions, stop the medications and contact me immediately.
It is essential that you keep your mouth and teeth as clean as possible. The teeth not involved in the surgery may be brushed and cleaned as usual. The teeth in the surgical area may have the biting surfaces lightly brushed unless we direct you otherwise. You may rinse gently with warm salt water during the first day. If we prescribe a mouthwash (Peridex) to you, please rinse gently twice a day starting the day after surgery.
Adequate nutrition is important during healing. You should avoid hard crunchy foods and avoid chewing in surgery areas. Within the first 24 hours avoid hot foods and foods that require a lot of chewing. You should try to get plenty of protein (protein drinks or yogurt) and drink clear liquids (juice and water). DO NOT USE STRAWS.
A slight amount of bleeding is normal. In the case of excessive or prolonged bleeding, apply direct pressure with a gauze or tea bag continuously for 20 minutes. If bleeding persists, contact me.
Swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours is not unusual. This can be minimized by applying ice, wrapped in a cloth, to the face over the surgical area. Apply for 20 minutes, and remove for 20 minutes, alternating. If swelling occurs after the second day, especially if it is sudden or accompanied by pain or pressure, contact me.
Minimize activity for the first 2 days—NO vigorous exercise for one week - you will heal more quickly and have less discomfort if you avoid running, heavy lifting or other activities that increase your heart rate or blood pressure – heavy activity can cause the surgical area to bleed. Using an extra pillow when you recline can help minimize swelling and bleeding as well.
Smoking can delay healing and result in the surgical site opening. Avoid smoking if you can.
If you have any further questions regarding your surgery, give us a call.