Post Operative Care Instructions Following Oral Surgery
Minimize strenuous activities for 24—72 hours after surgery.
eating. A small amount of bleeding is normal on the first day and night.
After surgery, liquids are acceptable when desired. Allow for the numbness to
cease before beginning solid foods. The day after surgery, eat as desired and
tolerated. Encourage clear fluid intake, initially, then progress to soft foods.
Smoking, spitting and usage of straws will increase the risk of painful osteitis or
dry sockets, which will delay healing.
plastic Ziploc bags covered with a towel) for 3 days after surgery. It is important
to place the ice pack on the outside of the face, alternating sides, 15 minutes on
15 minutes off. On the fourth day after surgery, switch to a warm moist towel
compress. Usually the largest amount of swelling occurs on the third day after
DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH TODAY
after meals) using 1/4 teaspoon of salt or baking soda to a glass of warm water.
Continue rinses for several days. Teeth may be brushed the day after surgery,
stay one tooth away from surgery sites. Toothpaste may be used but avoid
mouthwashes containing alcohol.
Small bone fragments may work through the gums during healing. These are not
roots. Please contact the office to have your surgeon evaluate them if they occur.
Pain medications and antibiotics can cause nausea. Take medications with an
adequate amount of soft food to help prevent nausea. Classic Coke and clear
carbonated liquids are helpful in preventing nausea. If nausea still continues,
discontinue narcotic pain medications. Substitute with Ibuprofen. Discontinue
antibiotics only if your surgeon recommends this.
with 600 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours
become loose, irritating or may come out. This is usually not significant. Any
questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office.
surgery. If any symptoms occur which you feel are unusual or are concerning