These are general post op instructions for the following procedures. If you are having symptoms that are not covered here or have a dental emergency, please contact the office directly.
It is best to refrain from eating for at least 2 hours and until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possible injury to your soft tissue.
It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following surgery If slightly heavier bleeding occurs:
- Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site (you may also use a moist tea bag).
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
- If the bleeding continues, call the office
- Do not suck on area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
- Don't spit or rinse the surgical area for 24 hours following the surgery..
- The day after surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
- You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery. Avoiding brushing the surgical site.
Eating: You should start with liquids and very soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. As the area feels a little better, you can then move on to a normal diet. Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.
Pain & Swelling: It is normal to experience some degree of swelling.
If you do experience swelling, you can place ice over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This should help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first 36 hours. Warm, moist compresses can then be used to help relax any muscle soreness.
If you feel discomfort, it is recommended that you take an over the counter pain medication to ease the pain. If the pain persists or increases, please contact the office.