Apicoectomy, Root Resection and Soft Tissue Surgery
1. Bleeding: A certain amount of bleeding is expected, and the saliva may be blood tinged for up to 4T8 hours. If bleeding persists it can be controlled by placing a piece of gauze on the surgical site and applying direct pressure with your finger for about 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
2. Pain: This can be controlled by taking 2 Ibuprofen or Tylenol capsules every 3-4 hours if necessary. You have been given a prescription for relief of pain. Use this prescription as directed. The pain medication should be taken with some food. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain should decrease continually after the first day. If pain returns or increases, please call for help.
3. Swelling: Apply ice to face in the area of the surgery for a period of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for the first 3 hours after the surgery, while awake. Swelling is not uncommon after surgery. It is usually moderate within 48 hours and may last several days thereafter. Discoloration of the skin of the face and neck may occur within 10 days following surgery and should be no cause for alarm.
4. Mouth rinse: Do not rinse the mouth within 24 hours after surgery. After this time use one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse gently after each meal. If a depression persists during healing, rinse after eating, for a few days, until food does not accumulate in the surgical site.