WHAT TO DO
Bite on gauze until bleeding subsides (usually 2-3 hours) change gauze as it gets saturated typically every 30-45 minutes.
– Use the ice pack we sent with you for swelling. Use 20 minutes on 20 minutes off as often as possible for the first 3 days post-op.
– Use heat after the 3rd day for swelling. Use 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off
– Eat soft foods (mashed potato consistency) for 3 days *pudding, yogurt, smoothie etc. Hot foods may cause discomfort.
– Stay hydrated
– Starting the day after surgery, rinse with salt water after you eat. Dissolve 1⁄4 tsp of salt in 8 oz warm water
– Starting the day after surgery, use Peridex mouth rinse (prescribed) morning and night for 10 days
– Start 5 days after surgery, use your syringe 3-4 times daily to flush the sockets until completely healed
– Take recommended pain medication ibuprofen 800 mg every 8 hours
– Can rotate with over-the-counter Tylenol up to 1000 mg every 8 hours
– Only use narcotic pain medication if prescribed and necessary. The narcotic replaces the Tylenol in the rotation, do not take Tylenol and narcotic together.
– Starting the day after surgery keep up your oral hygiene by brushing gently with a soft bristle brush
– Call us if you are nauseated, we can prescribe you something or suggest options
WHAT NOT TO DO
– Do not smoke for 1 week. This will cause dry socket and delay healing
– Do not use a straw for the first week after surgery
– Do not drink hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, and avoid spicy foods. These will cause discomfort
– Do not eat foods that can become lodged in the socket. Such as nuts, seeds, popcorn etc.
– Do not probe the area
– Do not exercise for 3 days
WHAT TO EXPECT
– Swelling and pain for 3-5 days. It should start to improve after the 3rd day
– Slight bleeding and oozing overnight is normal. If bleeding is severe, you can dampen a black tea bag and wrap it in gauze. Bite on gauze for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding continues call our office.
– You might feel sharp or hard edges around the surgical site, this is normal
– Small slivers of bone may work themselves out over the first week, this is also normal
– Stitches will typically dissolve on their own within 5-7 days