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Post-Operation Instructions


Swelling
This is normal following a surgical procedure. It should reach it’s maximum in 24 to 48 hours and diminish by the fourth day after surgery.

Discomfort
The most discomfort is experienced immediately after the anesthetic wears off and sensation returns to the mouth.

Hemorrhage
Bleeding or “oozing” is expected for the first 12 to 24 hours.

Do Not
  • DO NOT APPLY HEAT TO THE FACE. This will increase the swelling.
  • AVOID SPITTING
  • NO SMOKING
  • NO DRINKING FROM STRAWS or any other activity that disturbs the blood clots and may lead to bleeding, infections and pain.
  • AVOID STRENUOUS EXERCISE FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS. Physical activity causes the blood pressure to rise and produce bleeding and discomfort.


DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

Medication
Take all medications as prescribed. If pain medications are prescribed, ensure you take them as directed; they are prescribed to minimize your discomfort during the healing phase. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until all have been taken. Discontinue antibiotics in case of rash, itching or upset stomach and advise the office.

Bleeding
moderate amount of bleeding or oozing can be expected during the first 2 days after the surgery. To control bleeding, place gauze on the area and apply a gentle pressure. Change the gauze every 30-45 minutes until bleeding has stopped. Always remove gauzes before sleeping, drinking or eating. Applying ice packs on the outside of the jaw or cheeks also help in preventing or stopping the bleeding. If heavy bleeding, uncontrolled bleeding or clots formation occur, call the office immediately.

Swelling
Swelling is common and may peak 3 days after the surgery. Applying ice packs immediately following the surgery will help in reducing the swelling. Wrap ice in a thin cloth and apply it to the side of the operated site as soon as possible after surgery. Place it for 5 minutes and then remove it for 5 minutes and repeat for the first 2 hours. Bruising may also be associated with swelling and should reduce as the swelling dissipates.

It is also recommended to sleep with your head elevated at about 45 degrees for the first 2-3 days following your surgery to reduce swelling. If swelling does not reduce or increases 5 days after your surgery and you experience excessive pain, call the office.

Rinsing & Brushing
Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth until 24 hours after your surgery as it will delay the healing process. Brush adjacent teeth using a soft toothbrush and avoid brushing the gum line of the surgical site as stitches may be present. You may rinse your mouth each time after eating by using ½ tsp. of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. Do not swish when rinsing your mouth; instead slightly lower and gently move your head right to left. Do not spit out water but let it drain out I the sink. Do not brush or floss surgical site until told to do so by Dr. Alex Park.

Stitches
Stitches (if present) will dissolve in approximately. They may come loose or fall out before your first post-operative visit. As long as there is no continuous bleeding, discomfort or pain, this is not a cause for concern. If you had a dental implant placed and the stitches fall out, advise the office. Never attempt to remove a stitch on your own.

Nutrition
During the first 24 hours following your surgery, avoid hot fluids (tea, coffee, hot soup) and also avoid chewing on food. Limit yourself to a soft diet such as pudding Jell-O, yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, mashed bananas, overcooked pasta. Liquid supplements such as Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast are also excellent. Increase your nutrition gradually but avoid hard to chew foods until your first post-operative visit. Drink plenty of fluids and do not use straws.

Activities
During the 5 days following your surgery, it is not advisable to go to the gym, participate in sporting activities, swim, lift and/or push heavy objects. It is not recommended that you perform any strenuous physical activities during your recovery period.

Smoking
Smoking seriously retards the healing process and increases the risk of infection in your mouth. Avoid smoking during the first 48 hours following your surgery. Reduce smoking as much as possible to ensure proper healing and avoid excess bleeding.

On Your First Post-Operative Visit
Remember to bring any dentures, night guard or other oral prosthesis so that your Bellevue dentist, Dr. Alex Park can evaluate proper fit.
 
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