AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Stop the bleeding
Maintain firm pressure on the gauze pads covering the surgical sites for 30 minutes after you leave the office. Some continued bleeding is to be expected. If bleeding is persistent or appears to be excessive, you may replace the gauze as the doctor instructed you. Remove the gauze before eating or drinking. You may also use a moist tea bag. The tannin in the tea will help control the bleeding.
If you were given an ice pack, place it in the freezer upon arriving home. Re-apply it after about 20 minute, and then follow a “20 minute-on and 20 minute-off” schedule for 3 to 4 hours.
Do not spit until the next day because it might remove the blood clot and cause severe pain.
You may eat after the initial gauze pads have been removed, but avoid hot food or drink for 48 hour.
You should eat before you take any of the medications that might have been prescribed. For the first 24 hours after surgery, it might be wise to have only soft foods or liquids (soups, milkshakes, etc avoid sipping through straws) and avoid anything extremely hot, extremely cold, spicy or rough (tortilla chips, hard crusty bread).
Maintain good oral hygiene
Oral hygiene is extremely important after oral surgery – it will reduce the risk of infection. It will also promote healing and make you more comfortable.
The morning after surgery, begin rinsing with prescribed mouth wash or warm salt water (1 tsp. salt mixed in 8oz glass of lukewarm water), and do so 2-3 times a day, EVERY DAY UNTIL YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT. Continue with normal homecare routine - you should brush your teeth. Continue frequent daily rinsing until your post-operative appointment.
DO NOT SMOKE FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS.
Swelling, bruising or discoloration (black and blue) and difficulty opening the mouth are expected. This may be pronounced, especially after extensive surgery such as apicoectomy or the removal of impacted teeth. Swelling usually reaches its maximum 48 hours after surgery and resolves over the next 48 hours.
If medications have been prescribed, take them as instructed. Do not discontinue antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications without consulting the doctor.