A follow up appointment has been scheduled for you at our office. Occasionally post-operative appointments are not made. However, if you are having any difficulty questions or would like to be seen for any reason, please call the office. Please anticipate any needs you may have before the weekend and call the office during normal hours. If you have any reason to believe that you are not recovering or healing satisfactory from any operation, or are in doubt about anything at any time, notify us by telephone.
Avoid aggressive rinsing of your mouth for the first 24 hours. Thereafter, gently rinse your mouth using a solution of ½ spoon of table salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. If you are on a low sodium diet or salt restriction at the advice of your physician, warm water without salt should be used. Do not use a Water-Pik. You may gently brush your teeth following surgery. Avoid toothpaste for the first 3 days.
A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. If excessive bleeding continues, wipe the blood from mouth. Cut a piece of sanitary napkin or gauze, place the pack directly over the wound and bite down firmly for 30 minutes. Sit upright, keep quiet, and avoid spitting or talking while biting on the pack. When the gauze is saturated, it should be replaced. Repeat this procedure if necessary. To further treat bleeding, moisten a tea bag and place it directly on the bleeding area with gauze on top of it. Bite down gently. The tannic acid in the tea is a mild coagulant. If excessive bleeding continues following 24 hours after surgery please call our office.
Following surgery, swelling is expected. To minimize swelling, place crushed ice in plastic bags and wrap them in a thin towel to avoid frost bite. Place the ice packs against the affected area. Ice should be used for the first 24 hours only. Prolonged use of ice is of no value. Swelling is greatest on the second or third day after surgery. Do not use heat packs unless specifically instructed to do so.
It is imperative that you force yourself to drink cool fluids following surgery. In most instances, your normal diet is recommended following surgery. Try to limit your diets to clear liquids for the 6 hours following surgery. Advance your diet as you feel more comfortable. Maintain a protein rich diet and avoid excessive carbohydrates. Drink as much fluids as possible; dehydration is a common but preventable problem following oral surgery. No harm will result to the wounds from eating solid foods.
This is uncommon and is the result of free blood leakage into the tissues of the face. This condition is associated with bleeding, clears up in about a week, and ordinarily is not a cause for alarm. This may also occur at the injection sites on your arm. If there is pain, redness, or hardness please contact our office. Application of moist heat to the discolored areas will speed up resolution.
The following are some guides to help prevent the occurrence of nausea and if it should occur, to recover from it as quickly as possible.
Surgery for the removal of impacted teeth is quite different from the removal of erupted teeth. Swelling, difficulty in swallowing and opening your mouth are not uncommon with removal of impacted teeth. If a lower impacted tooth was removed, you may have numbness of the lower lip on the side from which the tooth was removed. This is almost always a temporary condition. After surgery, the adjacent teeth may feel different or tender. Sores may develop at the corners of your mouth and lips. These areas should be covered with a mild ointment such as Vaseline.
Your Dental Implants having been placed require special attention to a few further instructions listed below.
DO NOT DRIVE OR OPERATE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AFTER TAKING PRESCRIBED NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATIONS.
FOLLOWING ANESTHESIA YOUR REFLEXES AND JUDGEMENT MAY BE ALTERED, THEREFORE, YOU ARE ADVISED NOT TO DRIVE AN AUTOMOBILE OR OPERATE MACHINERY FOR 24 HOURS.