PERIODONTAL AND DENTAL IMPANT SURGERY
- To help you get the best results after the surgery please read these intructions and refer to them immediately after your treatment and also during your first week of healing
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW YOUR SURGERY AND UNTIL AFTER THE NEXT MORNING
Unless otherwise advised, go home and rest. Lie down with your head slightly elevated or sit in a reclining postion. Try to keep activity and talking to a minimum.
When the anestheic wears off within 1-4 hours, you may experiencemilf-moderate discomfort. Mild discofot can be managed with Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four hours. If a narcotic pain reliever ( with Codeine) has been prescribed, please eat first and take as directed only when necessary. It is quite normal if you experience more discomfort 3-5 days after surgery. Dont worry! Discomfort typcially diminishes thereafter.
If an antibiotic has been prescribed , be sure to take the medication as directed and to complete the course ever if you have no pain.
For the next few days you may notice some oozing and slight bleeding. This is quite normal. Please to not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. Apply a moistented gause pad pr a moistened tea bag(not herbal) with a firm yet gentle pressure against he bleeding site for 15-30 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
For an extraction site, slight bleeding may ocur for up to 2 days.
If excess bleeding continues, please call our office.
SWELLING AND BRUSING PREVENTION
Follow these three steps to minimize swelling or bruising
- Apply ice to the area(5-10 minutes on and then 5-10 off)
- Rest immediately after surgery, keep head elevated
- Take anti-inflammatory medications as prescribed
- No heavy exercise for 36 hours
Slight swelling is normal and it usally peaks approximately 2-5 days after the surgery.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Please avoid brushing and flossing the surgical area for the first 10 days until further instructed at your follow-up visit. You can brush all other teeth as regular. Begin using the precribed mouthwash on the surgical area twice daily starting the morning after the surgery.
Use ice threapy for at least the first 3-5 hours following the surgery. Aplly ice in a bag to the cheek overlying the surgical site. Aplly ice for 10 minutes break. After extractions, do this for 6+ hours, If you have sweling after 48 hours, switch to warm compresses.
Do not use moist heat during hthe first 48 hours following surgery. After that time, if some swelling or brusing is present, consider applying moist on your face over the sugical area (warm moist towel compress, ect.). It will increase circulation and decrease dwelling/brusing. Be careful not to burn your skin.
It is suggested to refrain from alcoholic beverages 3-5 days following surgery. Alcohol can delay wound healing and cause increase bleeding. Do not drink alcohol while under the influenece of narcotic pain relievers.
Aviod hot food and drink for the next 24 hours. Aviod hot or spicy, sharp or hard food apples, potoatos, chips, carrots, French bread, small seeds,ect.). Try to stay on a soft diet.
If chewing is uncomfortable, pre-cut your food or use a food processor. Put vegtables in low sodium brooth with some lean meats or pasta.
Minimize the use of salt, which can increase swelling and pain in your mouth.
Smoking will significantly impair proper healing. Please do not smoke for the first 7-10 days to ensure proper healing.
SIDE EFFECTS OF SURGERY
Discomfort, loose teeth and sensitivity to cold are sometimes associated with the post-surgical healing period. These will decrease over time.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE ANYTIME AT (203)792-3316