CARE OF THE MOUTH
Eating should be avoided until the local anesthesia (novocaine) has worn off completely. Do not chew on the side of the extraction(s) for 7-10 days. There are no restrictions on your diet and we encourage well-balanced meals. A liquid or soft diet will be easier to manage. Avoid spicy foods, citrus juices, and alcoholic beverages for several days. Brush and floss as previously instructed, but avoid the surgical site for 7-10 days.
BLEEDING: Some oozing of blood is normal for a day or two, so do not become alarmed. A drop or two of blood mixed with saliva may seem like more blood than there really is. If heavy bleeding occurs, maintain firm pressure by biting on a folded piece of gauze or wet tea bag for 30 minutes. If heavy bleeding persists after several attempts, please call the office.
Tips to minimize bleeding
- Do not drink liquids through a straw
- Do not rinse with a “swishing action”, but rinse passively by rolling your head from side to side. Use only cold water for the first 24 hours and Listerine® or warm salt water (1/4 tsp. per cup) may be used
- Avoid smoking
- Do not spit
- Keep the head elevated for 3-4 days
SWELLING: You may expect some swelling after surgery. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack or cold compresse against the face for 5 to 10 minutes every 1-2 hours over the next 24 hours. After this period, use a compress to reduce swelling.
DISCOMFORT: Following surgery, a certain amount of discomfort can also be expected. To help control this, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, Advil) naproxen sodium (Aleve) or the medication that we have prescribed before the local anesthesia wears off completely. Take medication as directed and always use the weakest medication that is sufficient to control your discomfort.
ANTIBIOTICS: An antibiotic may have been prescribed and should only be taken if the surgical site becomes infected. Signs of infection include fever, facial redness, warmth and increased swelling after 48 hours. If in doubt, take the prescribed antibiotic. For females, most antibiotics lessen the effectiveness of birth control pills.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Avoid all physical activities for several days. During this period, walking or light aerobic activities are acceptable.
If you have any problem that you consider an emergency, please call 871-8488.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Suture removal appointment: M T W TH F_____________ at __________ a.m. p.m.
For further questions, please call our office to voice your concerns.
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