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.