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Post-op Instructions

Post-Surgical Care Instructions

Bleeding:

A certain amount of bleeding is expected following oral surgery. Blood tinted saliva may be seen 24-48 hours after surgery. If bleeding occurs, fold gauze pad in half, fold in half again, then place directly over socket and bite firmly for 45 minutes, it may be necessary to repeat this procedure. If you experience excessive bleeding, use a moist tea bag in place of the gauze. If bleeding persists, please contact our office.

Swelling:

Swelling and stiffness are to be expected the first 24 hours after surgery. On the day of your surgery, you should apply an ice pack for 20 minutes then remove for 20 minutes and repeat to minimize swelling.

Pain Relief:

A certain amount of discomfort is not uncommon. Start taking prescribed medication as directed the day of surgery. Medication should not be taken on an empty stomach. Please contact our office if pain persists.

WOMEN PLEASE NOTE:

Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Nausea:

Nausea may occur due to taking medications on an empty stomach. This may be relieved by drinking 1oz. an hour of a carbonated beverage such as Ginger ale for 5-6 hours. This may be followed by a mild tea, broth of soft food before resuming your regular diet. PLEASE DO NOT USE A STRAW, DRINK FROM A BOTTLE OR SPIT FOR 2 TO 3 DAYS FOLLOWING SURGERY. Doing so may result in dislodging the clot and promote bleeding.

Diet:

A light diet (yogurt, pudding, jello, etc.) is recommended the day of surgery. The following day, a soft diet (pastas, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, etc.) is recommended. You may resume your normal diet as soon as tolerable.

Brushing:

Rinsing, spitting and brushing should be avoided the day of surgery. Resume brushing the day after surgery, avoiding surgical sites with the toothbrush. After brushing, rinse gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8oz. of warm water). Start the day after surgery 3x per day for 7-10 days. Rinsing with warm water will help keep the surgical areas clean and help dissolve the sutures. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE IRRIGATING SYRINGE.