- Do not vigorously rinse or for 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid hot liquids, carbonated and alcoholic beverages for twenty-four hours.
- Do not smoke.
- May use straw with liquids only.
- Ice packs should be used 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off repeatedly during the 48 hours following surgery.
- It is important to keep your mouth very clean following surgery. A soft toothbrush, cotton swabs or gentle rinsing with salt water (one-half teaspoon salt in a full glass of warm tap water) are helpful beginning the day following surgery.
- Eat soft foods and maintain adequate daily fluid intake (juices, tea, soup, etc.). Avoid hard, tough foods such as steak, corn chips, etc.
- Small stitches may have been placed in the gums. These usually dissolve during the first post operative week.
IN CASE OF BLEEDING:
- After most oral surgical procedures, gauze compresses are placed over the wounds and you are asked to keep your jaws closed firmly for 30-60 minutes. This will help stop bleeding and keep saliva away from the wound. These compresses may then be discarded.
- After removing the gauze compresses, the bleeding may continue. If it does continue, place another clean gauze over the wound and again close jaws firmly for 30-60 minutes to maintain pressure over the bleeding site. This may have to be repeated until bleeding stops.
- Bleeding can be minimized by lying down with the head raised with pillows. Apply an ice bag or cold compress to the cheek on that side. Do not become alarmed or excited. Slight oozing may continue for 1-2 days. Almost all bleeding will be controlled by these measures. Remember that the bleeding may appear to be more than it actually is because of dilution in the saliva.
- If bleeding seems excessive or continues in spite of the above, please call the office at any time.
EXPLANATIONS OF SYMPTOMS THAT MAY OCCUR:
- Swelling and an elevated temperature follows nearly every extraction. This is nature’s way of beginning the healing process. It does not mean infection is present. After the removal of impacted teeth or trimming the bone. swelling is often quite severe. It is most marked on the 2nd or 3rd day and begins to disappear on the 4th or 5th day. It may last for up to two weeks.
- Stiffness of the jaw muscles is nature’s way of resting the part which is healing. Relaxation begins about the 5th or 6th day.
- Bruising on the face is caused by bleeding internally into the cheeks or chin. This appears first as swelling, but after the 2nd or 3rd day discoloration may occur. it will gradually disappear in a week or ten days. Cosmetics may be applied to hide the discoloration. There is no way to speed up the fading process.
- Following the procedure, some numbness of the lips, teeth and tongue may persist. The length of time will vary from person to person. Should this condition continue beyond 24 hours, please contact the office.
- After sedation, drowsiness may persist up to 24 or 36 hours. If this occurs. do not drive a motor vehicle or remain without supervision.
- The prescription for relief of post-operative discomfort should be taken as directed. Avoid alcohol or other medications that may increase the sedative effects.
- Patients taking narcotic pain medication should avoid driving and operating machinery.
- Please contact our office if you have any questions. The doctor can be reached after hours by calling an office number on the front of this pamphlet.