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Post Oral Surgery Instructions

As with any surgical procedure, some discomfort, swelling or bleeding might occur. These instructions will help you the first few days. Don’t hesitate to call if you are concerned about the after effects of your dental procedure.

SOME BLEEDING IS COMMON: Bleeding is best controlled by the use of pressure. Bite on a moist piece of gauze or a tea bag. Place directly over the surgical site for a few minutes. Avoid vigorous rinsing, spitting or sucking through a straw the day of surgery because it may result in additional bleeding. If stitches have been used, they will usually be removed in a week. Avoid physical exertion for at least 48 hours.

MEDICATIONS: It is very important to take all you medications as directed. ANTIBIOTICS need to be taken on the schedule supplied. Be sure to finish the whole prescription to avoid more resistant bacteria which may grow back faster and stronger.

ICE PACKS: Ice packs can be applied to the face over the surgical area to reduce swelling and bleeding. For best results, apply the ice pack 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Never apply heat.

WHAT TO EAT: Choose soft non-spicy foods that are neither too hot nor too cold for a day or two. Avoid alcoholic beverages and please do not smoke. Resume a normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

CLEANING: Do not brush near the surgical area or use a non-prescription rinse for 24 hours because it may disturb healing. After 48 hours, rinse gently with warm salt water, three to 4 times daily. Clean the rest of your mouth normally.

DISCOMFORT: Some discomfort may be expected after a surgical procedure. The amount will depend on the extent and type of surgery performed. Use Ibuprofen (such as Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), or Acetaminophen (Tylenol), following package directions as needed. If the pain does not resolve please call the office. Moderate to severe discomfort may require a prescription medication. With a narcotic medication, do not drive or use dangerous machinery.