To protect the blood clot, maintain firm pressure by biting on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical area(s). Remove and replace the gauze every 45 minutes to an hour until the gauze is light pink in color, or bleeding has ceased. Once this happens, it is okay to leave the gauze out. Do not go to bed with the gauze in your mouth, and do not use after the day of surgery.
You may see a pinkish tint in the saliva over the next few days, and this is normal. If bleeding is heavy, a tea bag can be moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep firm pressure for another 45 minutes to an hour. If still actively bleeding after using a tea bag, please contact our office.
*Pain is expected after surgery but should be managed with pain medication. If the pain is not manageable, please contact our office at (920) 499-0471.
*If an antibiotic was given, please take as directed. Because antibiotics taken orally can reduce levels of beneficial bacteria, you may want to take yogurt or acidophilus tablets.
Keep your head elevated over the next few days to help minimize swelling. Lying flat can cause more swelling. Expect swelling and discomfort to peak 48 hours after surgery.
*Ice packs or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel should be placed on the outside of the cheeks for intervals of 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Ice packs should be used for the first 48 hours following surgery.
*Switch to warm, moist heat after 48 hours with the same intervals of 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off (ex. wet washcloth in microwave).
A syringe, if provided, should not be used until 1 week after surgery. Use it to flush out the extraction site(s) as often as needed.
- Do not use a straw for one week following surgery
- Do not spit or smoke for a least 3-5 days following surgery
Sutures: If used, sutures will dissolve on their own usually within 2 days, but can last for up to 4 weeks.
Bone Chips: During healing you may notice small bone fragments working their way through the gums. This is common and they will either fall out on their own, or if they are bothersome, we can remove them.
CARING FOR INFECTIONS FOLLOWING ORAL SURGERY
Due to the enormous amount of bacteria or germs in the oral cavity, infections do sometimes occur following oral surgery. They usually can be treated simply and rarely reoccur. To avoid further complications or problems, it is imperative that you follow these instructions:
- Take the antibiotic pills as directed and do not discontinue them until finished with the entire prescription or until the doctor tells you to do so.
- Applying moist heat over the swollen area is usually beneficial.
- Hourly warm salt water rinses are very helpful. Do not disturb your sleep to do this.
- Once treatment is started, you should see a decrease in the swelling and pain within 48-72 hours.
- If the swelling severely limits your ability to open your mouth or causes difficulty with swallowing or breathing, call our office immediately and/or go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.
- It is imperative that you keep follow-up appointments, and report any significant changes in the pattern of swelling or pain immediately.
- It is not unusual to run a low-grade temperature. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Call our office if your temperature exceeds 100 degrees orally.
- It is important to understand that failure to follow any of the instructions as indicated above may result in serious complications, significant detriment to your health, and in some cases may be life threatening. Your doctor is available to answer any questions concerning your surgery.