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Tram Quynh Hoang, D.D.S, M.S.
San Jose Periodontics
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Post-Operative Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions

Activity:

  • After the surgery, RELAX FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITY  (including aerobics, golf and swimming)for several days.

Discomfort:

  • 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.

Swelling

  • 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.

Bleeding

  • 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.

Diet

  • 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.

Antibiotics

  • 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.

Sutures

  • 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.

Oral Hygiene

  • 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

Smoking

  • 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.

Alcohol

  • PLEASE STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL UNTIL SUTURES ARE REMOVED. The combination of alcohol and certain medications prescribed in our office is not recommended.

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