Following surgery, try not to disturb the wound. You may have surgical packing in place to keep the tooth exposed. Do not bother the packing, but also do not worry if it falls out on its own.
You may experience some minor bleeding or red saliva for the first 24 hours following your surgery. If you have excessive bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze for half an hour. Ensure that the gauze pad is placed directly over the incision site. If bleeding persists or cannot be controlled, contact our office.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. The best way to control swelling is by applying ice to the side of the face where the procedure took place placed. For the first 36 hours after surgery, use ice continuously, as much as possible, while you are awake. After 2-3 days switch from ice to a warm compress with gentle massage to encourage swelling reduction.
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid hot foods and beverages. On the day of surgery, stick to soft foods and liquids, then advance to a normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
We recommend that patients begin taking their pain medications as soon as they notice the effects of the local anesthesia wearing off.
If you experience mild to moderate pain, you may take one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol. Additionally, you may take two to three 200 mg tablets of Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 4-6 hours.
For more severe pain, you may take any narcotic pain medications that are prescribed by your surgeon, and use them as directed. Note that prescription pain medications can cause you to feel groggy, and they may also slow your reflexes. When taking prescription pain medicines, avoid driving, operating machinery, and drinking alcohol.
Antibiotics can help prevent infection, so make sure you take them as directed. Do not continue using antibiotics in the event of a rash or other adverse reaction. Contact the office if you have any questions.
Keeping your mouth clean is an important part of the healing process. Beginning the day after surgery, clean your mouth after every meal. Brush your teeth as best you can, and wash your mouth with a warm saltwater mix. Use this mix six times a day until your mouth is fully healed.
The day after your surgery, we advise keeping physical activity to a minimum. Physical activity may result in bleeding or throbbing.