Please follow these instructions as closely as possible. They are designed to help you heal quickly. If you experience any complications, please call our office.
FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY:
Do not spit. Use a tissue to wipe your mouth as needed, or swallow your saliva.
Do not use a drinking straw. Drink straight from the cup.
Avoid smoking the week after the surgery as this will delay the healing.
Keep away from the surgical area. It is possible to tear the stitches accidentally & delay healing.
Rest as much as possible the first 24 hours. Elevate your head with at least one pillow while sleeping.
Drink plenty of fluids that have food value: juices, milk, etc.
FOR BLEEDING: Some minor bleeding is expected. A little oozing is normal & may persist for several hours. A small amount of bleeding may persist for 2 days. Should bleeding increase, apply a dampened tea bag with slight pressure for about 15 min to the surgical area. The tannic acid in tea will help to form a clot to stop the bleeding.
FOR SWELLING & BRUISING: Most patients will experience some swelling & bruising. The swelling will gradually increase over the first 48 hours before it starts improving. It may last 1-2 weeks. The use on ice on the first day is critical to cut down on the post-surgical blood rebound which causes the swelling & bruising.
1) The day of the surgery: Use an ice pack on the cheek next to the surgical site. Keep it on for 15 minutes, then off for 10 minutes (repeat until you go to sleep).
2) On the third day, if there’s some bruising, you can change to heat instead of ice packs. This helps in dissipating the bruising.
BRUSHING: You may brush your teeth while avoiding the surgical area until the follow up visit.
RINSING: You may start rinsing today, gently, with some warm salty water every few hours. Do not use alcohol-containing mouth rinses for a few days (1 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water).
MEDICATIONS: Take all medications with a full glass of water, and as directed on the bottle.