Extraction - Postoperative Instructions
Care of the mouth after surgery has an important effect on healing. Swelling, discomfort, bleeding and restricted jaw movement are all expected. The following instructions can minimize these effects.
PainDiscomfort is expected. We recommend that you start taking Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every six hours for the next 3 days.
Care of MouthDo not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth the day of surgery. The morning after surgery rinse gently using the prescribed mouth wash. When brushing your teeth, the day after surgery, avoid the surgical site(s).
DietSoft food is recommended for at least 7 days. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid using straws, use a spoon if necessary. In the week following your extraction, you are advised to avoid foods that require chewing.
SwellingSwelling is at its greatest 2-3 days after surgery. After your surgery apply ice to the operated side of the face as soon as possible. Apply cold packs as much as possible. Continue through the day after your surgery. After 48 hours, begin to apply moist heat. Wet a wash cloth and microwave it for 20-30 seconds. Massage jaw area.
NauseaNausea may accompany the discomfort during the post-operative period. Small sips of tea, 7-up or ginger ale may help.
SmokingDo not smoke for at least two weeks following your surgery. Talk with your physician about quitting.
BleedingIt is not unusual to have bleeding for 24 hours and periodic breakthrough bleeding for 10 days after surgery.
ActivityThe week after surgery, limited activity is best. Resting in a reclined position is most comfortable. DO NOT DRIVE AFTER PROCEDURE FOR 24 HOURS.
Denture PatientsDo not remove your denture for 24 hours after surgery.
StitchesStitches may be placed at the time of surgery. In most cases, they are expected to dissolve within 5-7 days following your surgery.
NoteIn case of any problems, or if you have any questions, contact the office at any time. Please try to anticipate prescription refills or care problems during office hours. Prescriptions will not be filled over the weekend.
EmergencyIf you feel you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.
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