MEDICATIONS: Pain medication should be taken before the freezing wears off (1-2 hours). Antibiotics must be taken until finished.
ICEPACKS: Should be used for the first 12 hours after surgery or until bedtime. They are placed on the face, at the surgical site alternating for 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
FREEZING: May last 4-12 hours. If feeling persists after two weeks, call the office.
BLEEDING: To control initial post-operative bleeding, use tightly rolled gauze packs placed directly on the surgical site. If there is minimum or no staining on the gauze you may discontinue the gauze. Pressure is applied by biting down firmly on the gauze.
SWELLING: Swelling will peak 3 days after surgery, and will gradually decrease over the following days. It will take a week for the swelling to go away, Bruising is very common and will disappear along with the swelling. Opening and closing your mouth while swollen will reduce muscle stiffness. Contact our office immediately if the swelling suddenly returns after the first week.
RINSING: No rinsing or spitting the day of surgery. After 24 hours, use a warm saltwater rinse every 2 hours while awake for the first three (3) days and then every time you eat for the next 2 weeks. Use ¼ tsp of table salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Chlorohexidine oral rinse should be used according to directions in addition to the saltwater rinses. Use twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime. Do not drink for ten minutes after using the rinse. You may brush your teeth the next day, over the surgical site in 1 week.
NUTRITION: Drink plenty of fluids and eat a soft diet until your normal diet can be resumed. Avoid hot foods or drinks while your mouth is frozen. Straws should not be used for 3 days as they may increase bleeding.
NAUSEA: If nausea and vomiting occur after surgery, Gravol can be taken orally or in suppository form. Adult dosage is 50mg every 6 hours. Contact our office if nausea persists.
STITCHES: Stitches should dissolve in approximately 1 week. If they are still present at your first post-operative visit they will be removed by a nurse.
DENTURES: Dentures are NOT to be worn until AFTER your first post-operative visit. In all cases, the doctor will determine when dentures can be worn depending on the degree of tissue healing.
EXERCISE: Exercise should be done in moderation during the healing period.
INTRAVENOUS: To alleviate any discomfort at the venipuncture site, elevate your arm and apply moist heat with a wet face cloth or water bottle every ½-hour for 6 to 8 hours.
OPERATION OF VEHICLES: For a minimum of 24 hours, do not drive a motor vehicle, operate machinery or consume alcohol.
SMOKING: Abstain from smoking for at least 5 days after surgery. Smoking inhibits blood supply and healing.