Surgical Care Instructions

1.  What to do before surgery:

     A.  Make arrangements to go home and rest following surgery.

     B.   A soft diet is recommended for the first day or two following the surgery.  An ice pack will be provided for you on the day of treatment.

     C.  Local anesthetic is used for the procedure and you should be able to drive home unless you are apprehensive or are instructed otherwise.

 

2.   What to do following surgery:

     A.  After leaving the office, rest and avoid any strenuous activity, especially bending or stooping, for the next 24 hours.

     B.  Apply ice pack to the outside of the face, over the operated area, alternating 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the first day.

     C.   Do not pull on the lip to examine the surgical site.  Avoid smoking for 24 hours.

     D.  No rinsing for the first 24 hours.  After 24 hours, you may rinse with warm salt water several times a day, especially following meals.  (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz. warm water.)

     E.   Clean the surgical site gently with a wet Q-tip.  Do not use floss or a waterpik in the surgical site until the sutures have been removed/dissolved.  All other areas of your mouth may be brushed in a normal manner.

     F.   Maintain a high nutritional intake.  Eat soft foods such as yogurt, soups, pastas, oatmeal, or ensure type beverages, and drink plenty of fluids for the first two days.  Avoid chewing directly on the operated tooth until the sutures have been removed and or dissolved.

 

3.   What to expect following surgery:

    A.  You should expect some discomfort following surgery.  Take Ibuprofen, Tylenol or the prescribed pain medication before the anesthesia wears off.   The need for additional pain medication is very individual — Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be sufficient.

     B.  There will be some swelling and discoloration present for three to five days following surgery.  This is a normal part of the healing process.

     C.  There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area.

     D.  The operated tooth may feel loose temporarily.

 

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