These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.
It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed. If necessary, you may take your pain medication more frequently than every 4-6 hours to stay ahead of the soreness. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.
As an alternative to prescription medications, some patients have found taking a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol to be effective. You may take the combination in either of the following dosages: 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 2 Regular Strength Tylenol or 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol, every 4-6 hours as needed.
Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicodin or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible.
A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:
- Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for the first 6 hours.
- Keep your head elevated when lying down.
- Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary. If a large poorly organized clot (often called a liver clot because of its appearance) is present, this will need wiped away prior to pressure application.
- Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes.
- Call the office if bleeding persists.
A dressing or intra oral bandage may be used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off before its appointed time, or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction.
Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 1 hour following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results. Many find that this is an excellent time to quit tobacco. Nicotine supplements, certain antidepressant medications, or nicotine receptor blocking agents (eg.wellbutrin and Chantix) can be helpful. Be sure to ask us about this; we can help
Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.
Do not rinse for the first 6-8 hours. After that, you may use a mild, diluted mouthwash of salt water. Repeat as necessary to help keep the surgical area clean. Avoid harsh over the counter rinses.
Do not brush the surgical site unless otherwise instructed. You will be given detailed instructions on how to clean the operated area(s). You may practice normal effective hygiene in uninvolved areas.
You may notice increased discomfort 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. You may choose to take some form of pain medication one hour prior to your suture removal appointment to minimize tenderness.
Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Dubois Office Phone Number 814-371-7515.