Post-Operative instructions to be followed after any oral surgical procedure
  1. Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding is to be expected following oral surgery. Keep mouth closed tightly on gauze for about an hour, until bleeding stops. It may require biting on gauze for several hours to stop the bleeding. Be certain the gauze pack is thick enough to allow firm pressure when biting down. Repeat this procedure as necessary, making sure to use new gauze every hour. Oozing may continue for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

  2. Rinsing: Do not rinse any area of surgery for at least 12 hours. Then, rinse very gently with warm salt water (one teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water) every 6 hours for one-week.
  3. Swelling: Swelling very often occurs after one or more extractions. This is quite usual and is an indication of healing occurring. Apply cold packs to outside of face for 30 minutes every hour for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours, if swelling continues apply warm moist packs to outside of face for at least 30 minutes every hour. It usually takes 3 to 5 days for swelling to diminish.
  4. Head Elevated: Keep head elevated, using two pillows.
  5. Temperature: Contact the office if temperature exceeds 100° Fahrenheit.
  6. Diet: A liquid or soft diet is appropriate, increasing to solid foods as tolerated.
  7. Brushing: After 24 hours, you may brush your remaining teeth. Be careful to do this gently in areas adjacent to surgery or sutures.
  8. Medication: Take medications as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.
  9. Nausea & Vomiting: This may occur within 24 hours of surgery, and is due to either swallowing blood, or the general anesthetic. This will disappear on its own. You may treat this by drinking a soft drink such as ginger ale or soda water, or by taking an over-the-counter stomach antacid as directed.
  10. Smoking: Do not smoke for one week following surgery.
Please Note

Black and blue discoloration quite often takes place, which appears as a bruise. This is a result of blood seepage under the skin, and is quite normal after any oral surgery procedure.

Numbness of lower lip may occur after removal of lower teeth, especially if they were impacted. This will probably disappear after a period of time.

Trismus (tightness) of the mouth muscles may cause difficulty in opening the mouth for several days after surgery.

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