INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING EXTRACTIONS/OTHER SURGICAL PROCEDURES
- No rinsing, spitting, or sucking through a straw the day of surgery.
- NO SMOKING for 3-5 days
- No driving for 24 hours and No alcohol for 48 hours following surgery IF you had General Anesthesia.
- Sit up as much as possible, Keeping your head elevated helps to reduce swelling (a lazy-boy type recliner is perfect).
When you get home:
- Take the gauze out.
- Take Pain Medication
- Eat and Drink *see examples below*
- Wait 30 minutes, then start taking antibiotic
- Apply an ice bag to your cheek/jaw 20 minutes on—20 minutes off
**** If you had General Anesthesia, it is common to be nauseated for the first day and you may vomit as well. If this happens drink clear liquids and discontinue pain meds and antibiotic until nausea is gone. If you have persistent vomiting, please call our office for further instructions.
****A little bleeding or oozing is normal. Persistent bleeding can be helped with soaking a tea bag in warm water then placing the tea bag in the extraction area and applying gentle pressure for 30 minutes. DO NOT RINSE AFTER BLEEDING HAS STOPPED.
24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY
Begin warm salt water rinses after meals. DO NOT use ice anymore. Begin using a warm heat compress such as a heating pad as often and continuous as possible. Continue these steps for 3-5 days, or longer as needed. You may also now brush your teeth again.
Medicine for pain should be taken when you get home. In ADDITION to vicodin you may take 600mg of Motrin or Advil (3 pills) every 6 hours. (generic version is ibuprofen) IF you are taking vicodin, you may not take Tylenol. The other benefit of the Motrin/Advil is that it can help with reducing swelling.
If an antibiotic has been prescribed, take the first dose 30 minutes after the pain medication. Then proceed to follow until medication is gone.
For patients who were prescribed this oral rinse start 24 hours after surgery. Rinse once in the morning and once at night until directed to stop.
For the first few days following surgery you need to eat soft foods and gradually progress to regular food.
Examples: mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pancakes, eggs, pasta, pudding, soup, canned fruits, jello, applesause, bananas, oatmeal, broth, clear juices, tea
AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS for the first 24 hours if you had General Anesthesia as the milk can upset the stomach!
If you have additional questions, please call our office.