Post-operative Instructions

These conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:

SWELLING: The­ operated­ area ­may­ swell­ significantly,­ this is normal and no cause for alarm. The swelling may increase for up to 72 hours and last up to a week or more. You may use ice or a bag of frozen peas on the outside of your cheeks. Wrap in a towel to protect the­ skin­ and ­apply ­for ­20 ­minutes­ then­ remove­ for­ 20­ minutes.­ You ­may­ continue­ this­ pattern­ for­ the ­first­ 24­ hours. Heat may be applied no sooner than 72 hours after your surgery if you are still swollen.

BLEEDING:
A certain amount of bleeding is expected after surgery. There will be gauze in your mouth when you­ leave­ the­ office.­ After­ 30 ­minutes,­ change­ the­ gauze­ every­ 30-40­ minutes­ as necessary­ until­ there­ is only a slight ooze from the surgical sites. Apply constant pressure by gently biting on the gauze. Never eat, drink, or sleep with the gauze in your mouth.

BRUISING:
Discoloration, black and blue or yellowish brown on the outside of the face or along the arm or hand at the IV site, is caused by bruising and will resolve.

DIET: Your diet after surgery will usually consist of liquids or soft foods. The diet can be advanced as tolerated. Avoid drinking through a straw, or vigorously spitting.

RINSING: Avoid rinsing the day of the surgery. You may begin rinsing the day after surgery with mild salt water or antibiotic mouth rinse as prescribed.

There will be a hole where the surgery was performed. ­This­ will­ gradually ­fill­ with­ new ­tissue.


If you have been given a plastic irrigation syringe: begin­ using­ 7­ days­ after ­surgery ­by ­filling­ with­ warm­ water­ and­ gently­ flushing­ the ­extraction ­site­ once­ a­ day. Tightness of the muscles after surgery is normal and may­ cause ­difficulty­ in­ opening­ the­ mouth­ for ­a­ few­ days.

No smoking after surgery for 24 hours.

Scheduling ­a­ post-operative ­follow-up ­appointment­ is optional. Dissolvable sutures are used. Please call if you think there is a problem or if you want the doctor to check your healing.

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