|Frenectomy - Postoperative Instructions
Care after surgery has an important effect on healing. Swelling, discomfort, and minor bleeding are to be 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. If you are given a prescription mouth wash, use as directed by the pharmacist. When brushing your teeth the day after surgery, avoid the surgical site.
DietSoft food is recommended for 7 days. Drink plenty of fluids. In addition, avoid using straws instead 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 days after surgery, and then will gradually disappear. After your surgery apply ice to the operated side of the face as soon as possible. Apply ice as much as possible. Continue through the day after your surgery.
NauseaNausea after surgery is not uncommon. Small sips of tea, 7-up or ginger ale may help. Refer to our website instructions for more information on Opiod-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
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 48 hours and periodic breakthrough bleeding for 10 days after surgery.
ActivityThe day of surgery stay at home and rest. Resting in a reclined position is most comfortable. Limit vigorous activity for the next few days. If your procedure was done with sedation, DO NOT DRIVE AFTER PROCEDURE FOR 24 HOURS.
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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