After undergoing oral surgery, the following information will prove helpful in case complications arise.
We have sutured the area to promote clotting and to avoid food and debris going into the area. Furthermore, we have given you a supply of gauze for later use. If you notice that there is still some bleeding, fold one of these gauzes and bite down firmly for about 10 minutes.
Some swelling is normal after this procedure and is not a sign of infection. If the swelling bothers you place an ice pack on the area for about 10 minutes and then take it off for 10 minutes. Continue this until the situation improves, but no longer than 6 hours.
If we have not prescribed a painkiller, you can use any over-the-counter drug, except aspirin. Usually, Tylenol or Advil work best.
If we have prescribed medication specific to your situation, please follow the directions carefully.
A diet of high protein content and soft consistency such as milkshakes, soups, fruit juice, etc. will do. Drink lots of water.
Brush and floss your teeth as usual without irritating the surgical area. Do not vigorously rinse your mouth since this can dislodge the blood clot and cause bleeding.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the office.