After Oral Surgery Care

Apicoectomy, Bond and Ligate Impacted Tooth, Extractions

 

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice in the area of surgery. We recommend using frozen peas in a zip lock baggie. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Maintain your fluid intake. A soft diet and liquids scan be started after discharge from the office. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. We recommend taking pain medicine with food to prevent any gastrointestinal problems. For mild to moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol  may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)  works very well for mild to moderate post operative pain and may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen in dosages of 200mg to 400mg may be taken every 6 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. We strongly recommend taking the prescribed medicines with food to make them better tolerated.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.

Gonzalez & Carr

Oral Facial Surgery