A certain amount of bleeding, pain, and swelling is normal. Reduce your activity as much as possible for several hours. Avoid eating, drinking, and unnecessary talking. These activities may hinder formation of a blood clot which is necessary for proper healing.
1. Do not rinse or spit for 24 hours after surgery.
2. Keep fingers and tongue away from socket or surgical area.
3. Use ice packs on surgical area (side of face) for first 24 hours, apply ice 5 minutes on-off. Bags of frozen peas work well.
4. For severe pain use the medication prescribed to you.
5. Drink plenty of fluids. (Do not use a straw).
6. If the muscles of the jaw become stiff, chewing gum, at intervals will help relax the muscles, as well as the use of warm, moist heat to the outside of your face (24 hours after surgery) over these muscles.
7. After the first post-operative day, use a warm salt-water rinse following meals for the first week to flush out particles of food and debris which may lodge in the surgical area. (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Mouthwash can be added for better taste.)
8. Diet may consist of soft foods which can be easily chewed and swallowed. No chips, Wafers, crackers, pretzels, seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc.
9. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area using wet gauze followed over for 20 minutes. After that time remove the gauze and then you may eat or drink. If bleeding persists, a moist teabag should be placed in the area of bleeding and bite firmly for one hour straight. This will aid in clotting blood. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding still persists call our office.
10. We suggest that you do not smoke for at least 48 hours after surgery. Nicotine may break down the blood clot and cause a “dry-socket”.
11. Do not be alarmed if your vision is blurred for a time following anesthesia or if a “black and blue” bruise should appear at the site of an injection. The area may also be bruised, swollen and tender to touch due to the IV.
Please take all prescriptions as directed for discomfort. Women please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills.Please check with your pharmacist.
Feel free to contact us if any doubt arises as your progress and recovery.