- After the surgery, RELAX FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITY (including aerobics, golf and swimming)for several days.
- Some discomfort may be present when the anesthesia wears off. If you have been given a prescription PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDICATION AS DIRECTED.
- Black and blue marks are bruises and may occur after surgery. Usually you don't notice them. Sometimes the skin is temporarily discolored.
- If you have any concerns, please call our staff at 408-251-2022.
- A slight amount of swelling and/or bruising may occur on the first or second day following surgery.
- For the first 24 hours, you should apply a cold compress – ice pack – to your face, alternating it on for 20 minutes, then off for 20 minutes, or hold ice water in your mouth.
- After the first 24 hours, if swelling has occurred, apply a warm – not hot – moist compress such as a wash cloth to your face in the same manner.
- There may be occasional blood stains in your saliva during the first few days. This is normal and to be expected.
- Excessive bleeding is neither normal nor to be expected. If bleeding is excessive, apply moist gauze or a tea bag, but not herbal tea moistened in warm water on each side of the surgical area or dressing and hold it with firm, continuous pressure for 1 hour. Repeat this procedure if necessary. DO NOT CHEW ON IT.
- Do not spit, vigorously rinse mouth, smoke, drink through a straw, or clench teeth.
- If excessive bleeding continues, please call our office.
- IF THERE IS A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST HOSPITOL EMERGENCY FACILITY.
- Drink lots of liquids, and eat anything you can swallow comfortably.
- For the next few days avoid anything too hot, cold, hard, sticky, or spicy, and preferably CONSUME SOFT FOODS AND LIQUIDS OF MODERATE TEMPERATURE.
- PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW, DO NOT CREATE A "SUCKING" ACTION IN YOUR MOUTH.
- If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until all have been taken.
- If a rash or any other type of allergic reaction should occur, discontinue use and call our office.
- If you have sutures that have to be removed, you will be informed when to come in for their removal. Do not try to remove your own sutures.
- DO NOT BRUSH/FLOSS THE SURGICAL AREA FOR 7 DAYS, but CONTINUE TO BRUSH/FLOSS IN THE THE REST OF THE MOUTH.
- You may also use warm salt-water rinses (1/2 tsp. salt added to a glass of water), but DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH VIGOROUSLY AND DO NOT SPIT (Spitting will cause more bleeding. Excess saliva and a little blood may appear as a lot of bleeding).
- DO NOT DISTURB THE WHITE MEMBRANE PROTECTING THE WOUND/EXTRACTION SIDE.
- DO NOT USE TOOTH PICK, ONLY USE THE SMALL SYRINGE TO FLUSH DEBRIS OUT.
- DO NOT USE WATER PICK
- Please DO NOT SMOKE AFTER THE SURGERY for at least 48 hours because of risk of complications.
- Healing results are significantly worse in smoker than in non-smokers.
- PLEASE STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL UNTIL SUTURES ARE REMOVED. The combination of alcohol and certain medications prescribed in our office is not recommended.