Post Operative Instructions

is to be expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area using rolled gauze for 60 minutes. After that time remove the gauze and then you may have liquids until the local anesthetic has worn off. If heavy bleeding persists, a moist teabag should be placed in the area of bleeding and bite firmly for one hour. This will aid in blood clotting. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding persists, call our office.

DO NOT RINSE, SPIT or use mouthwash for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse gently with plain warm water every 3-4 hours. (The use of commercial mouthwashes during the first 48 hours is not recommended.)

FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS only, apply ice to the outside of the face, on one half hour, then off one half hour. Following some oral surgical procedures, especially removal of wisdom teeth, it is normal to exhibit some swelling the second or third day following surgery. The swelling may last up to one week. Avoid excessive sun exposure for the first 48 hours, as this may increase swelling

PLEASE TAKE ALL PRESCRIPTIONS as directed. For mild discomfort take Tylenol or Ibuprofen every three to four hours. For severe pain use the prescription given to you. Calls for prescriptions or refills should be made during regular office hours, since your chart is not available after hours. If you are calling about your medications, please have your prescription and pharmacy numbers available.

CONSUMING adequate food and fluids following surgery is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with commercial drinks such as Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast.

BRUSHING YOUR TEETH may be done carefully in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedure. A clean mouth heals faster.

AVOID smoking, excessive activity and use of a straw to consume liquids for 24 hours.

DO NOT CONSUME alcoholic beverages while pain medication is still being used.

OUR FEMALE PATIENTS should be advised that some scientific studies have shown that oral contraceptives may be less effective when a patient is taking antibiotics. It is recommended that alternate birth control be used. You may wish to check with your physician.

DO NOT FAIL to return for your scheduled post-operative appointment.

If you have received intravenous medication or a general anesthetic, avoid driving or operating any machinery for 24 hours.

AFTER HOUR EMERGENCIES please call 847-697-6868 and follow the recorded instructions.