Care Following Oral Surgery



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You have just undergone a surgical procedure. The extent of the discomfort and swelling which you will experience is largely controlled by you.

 

THINGS TO EXPECT

DISCOMFORT
at least some is quite normal following dental surgery. The most discomfort will be experienced as the freezing wears out. If medication has been given or prescribed — take as instructed. If you develop hives or a rash, discontinue all medications and immediately and contact this office.

 

WARNING
DO NOT DRIVE OR ATTEMPT TO OPERATE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AFTER TAKING PAIN MEDICATION!

 

SWELLING
this is normal following a surgical procedure in the mouth. It should reach its maximum in 24 to 48 hours and diminish by the fourth day after surgery.

 

Difficulty in opening or swallowing may occur, this should last no longer than two and half to three days.

THINGS TO DO 

BITE
on a thick gauze pad for 45 minutes. If bleeding persists, rinse mouth gently, Wipe area clean and repeat biting on gauze until bleeding ceases.

 

APPLY ICE
to the side of the face over the operated site. Place ice cubes into a plastic bag, and wrap this in one layer towel, and hold to face for 20 minutes on and 15 minutes off.

Ice can be applied up to 2 days post operatively.

 

EAT
soft nutritious foods and drink plenty of fluids. If you find eating to Difficult you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Carnation Instant Breakfast, milkshakes of eggnog.

Good nutrition following surgery is essential to good healing!

 

REST
avoid excessive activity. Place an old towel over your pillow to

THINGS NOT TO DO 

DO NOT RINSE
or use mouthwash for 36 hours. The following day you may rinse gently with water and salt several times daily.

There should be NOT SMOKING for the first three hours. After three hours, if you must smoke an occasional puff can be taken for 48 hours.

 

AVOID SPITTING OR SUCKING THE WOUND. 
This creates a Negative pressure in the mouth and tends to displace the blood clot, in turn, leads to additional bleeding and possibly a DRY SOCKET (BONE INFLAMMATION)

 

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
should be taken the day of or the day following oral surgery. THIS INCLUDES MOUTHWASH.

 

For any questions or concerns following surgery please contact the office at 403 255-3202. An after-hours emergency contact number is available on our office answering machine should you call outside of regularly scheduled office hours.

Connective Tissue Grafts: Post-operative instruction

Do not try and look at the surgical site. Too much pressure or tension can dislodge the graft from an ideal position and affect the end result.

 

Do not brush the surgical site or the area around it. A prescription mouth rinse will be provided to help keep the area clean.

 

For the first week, wear the palatal stent at all times, even while eating. You can rinse it off after meals, or if needed, brush any debris off with a soft brush.

 

During routine brushing and flossing, remove the stent. Just remember to avoid the surgical sites. You can re-insert the stent afterward.

 

Avoid hot or spicy food for the first few days as they can cause discomfort. Also, avoid food with seeds or sticky food such as popcorn and grainy breads as they can get trapped in the sutures and further irritate the area.

 

Do take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for discomfort. If you have allergies to Ibuprofen or have gastro-intestinal disorders, an alternative prescription can be provided.

 

We will see you in one week to evaluate the areas and determine if any sutures needs to be removed. Another follow-up appointment will be scheduled at that time.

 

If you have any significant swelling, further questions or concerns, please call our office @ 255-3202. Alternatively, you can reach Dr. Cichon @ 264-7922 or 827-7839.

Pre-Operative Intravenous Sedation Instructions

    1. To reduce the chances of nausea, do not eat anything for at least six hours prior to your appointment. Clear liquids (juice/water) can be consumed up to three hours pre-operatively:
        • If your appointment is early in the morning, do not eat anything between bedtime and your scheduled appointment.
        • If your appointment is in the early afternoon, be sure to eat a light but nutritious breakfast.
        • Unless specified by your dentist, all medicines taken on a routine basis should be continued without interruption.
    2. Stay well hydrated 2-3 days prior to your appointment. This will help us establish a successful IV line.
    3. A responsible adult, over the age of 18 years, must accompany the patient to the clinic and remain here throughout the entire procedure. Following the sedation, this responsible adult must escort the patient home and a responsible adult should remain with the patient for the remainder of the day.
    4. Minors (persons under the age of 18 years) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    5. Patients should wear clothing which is not restrictive to the neck or arms. Patients should wear loose-fitting tops on which the sleeves can be rolled to the shoulder.
    6. Contact lenses should be removed prior to sedation
    7. Following the sedation, patients should refrain from driving an automobile or engaging in any activity that requires alertness until the next day.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF THE SEDATION APPOINTMENT

For any questions or concerns prior to or following sedation please contact Dr. David Cichon at Southport Dental Care 255-3202. An after-hours emergency contact number is available on the clinic answering machine should you call after 4:30pm.