Healing: It is normal to feel soreness for 1-2 weeks following an oral surgical procedure. Typically, discomfort increases for 3-4 days following surgery and then begins to subside after the 4th day. It may be tempting to pull you lip back to check the healing, it is very important you DO NOT do this. Pulling the lip back may put extra tension on the sutures, which may cause them to come loose and interfere with surgical healing.
Discomfort: Post-operative discomfort is to be expected. Minor discomfort may persist for 1-2 weeks; it should continuously feel better every day. If swelling/discomfort worsens after the 4th day, this can be an indication of infection, dry socket, and/or poor healing. If this is the case please contact the office. Take the prescribed pain medication for the first 3 days, then as needed for pain. It is recommended that you alternate between over the counter acetaminophen or prescribed lodine every 6-8 hours. If taking Tylenol #3 and lodine, be sure to alternate every 3-4 hours with lodine since most narcotics contain acetaminophen. Do NOT drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery while on pain medication.
Swelling/Bruising: Minor swelling on the inside and outside of the mouth is typical and should reduce after the 4th day of healing. Using an ice pack the first 24 hours will help bring down the swelling. It is recommended to hold an ice pack wrapped in a towel against your cheek for 20 minutes, and then let it rest for 20 minutes before applying again. Repeating this for up to 24 hours, after 24 hours a hot compress is recommended to help swelling.
Bleeding: Light bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours following the surgery. Blood may mix with saliva making it appear pink/red while rinsing, this is normal. If bleeding is worsening, do not vigorously rinse your mouth, instead wipe blood with a clean dry cloth and apply pressure to the area that is bleeding. If bleeding will not stop contact the office. Avoid vigorous rinsing or brushing close to surgical sight. Do NOT smoke, spit, or drink through a straw for 2 weeks after the surgery.
Sutures: Most sutures dissolves within 1-2 weeks following surgery. If your doctors feels non-dissolvable sutures are more effective for your surgical treatment, these sutures will need to be removed 2 weeks after your surgery.
Oral hygiene: Use prescribes mouth rise after every meal or more often. You may also use 50:50 hydrogen peroxide with water or a mixture of warm water and salt. Avoid brushing and flossing in the area of the surgery for 1 week. After 1 week, you may start lightly brushing the biting surface of the area, but do NOT brush close to the gum line until given clearance by your doctor.
Diet: Only eat soft foods for 2 weeks following surgical treatment. Avoid spicy, hard, fibrous, crunchy, excessively hot or cold foods until after your post-operative visit. Golden Rule: If you can cut it with a fork you can eat it.
Activity: Do NOT preform cardio, heavy lifting, use saunas or steam rooms for the first 48 hours following treatment. DO NOT SMOKE FOR 14 DAYS FOLLWING SURGERY! Smoking may cause a dry socket which may be very painful and will require immediate attention.
Antibiotics: If prescribe antibiotics take them as prescribed until medication is gone. It is important to take them even if you feel better. If taking birth control, it is recommended to use another contraceptive method due to antibiotics making birth control less effective. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction or adverse side effects contact the office immediately.
Appliances: If you regularly wear an appliance and it is causing you to experience swelling/pain, avoid wearing them for a few days or until the swelling goes down. If you MUST wear the appliance notify your doctor.