After Care Following Dental Surgery
Here are some tips on helping you recover from dental surgery:
1. Get your prescriptions filled
and take as instructed. Each one is very important. Be sure to take at least 1 pain pill before numbness wears off. Take 2 grams (2000 mg) of Vitamin C each day until fully healed.
-- some bleeding is to be expected. Oozing of blood may continue during the first 24 hrs. A small amount of oozing may seem significant when mixed with saliva. After the initial 30-45 minutes of direct biting pressure, it will probably not be necessary to apply more gauze. In rare situations, heavy bleeding may justify another gauze. Bite on the gauze firmly for 30 minutes. That pressure will help form a clot.
3. If you have a dressing on, do not disturb it for 7 days
. It helps soothe, protect and position your gums during the first couple of days. If it works off early, do not be overly concerned. If you have reason you are concerned please call.
4. Apply ice to your face near the surgical area.
A baggie of crushed ice in a towel will do. Apply 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off, for the first 24 hours.
5. Do not smoke
, drink alcohol, or carbonated beverages for at least 24 hours.
6. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water.
Repeat every 3 or 4 hours, especially after meals, using 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue until healing is complete.
-- for the first couple of days chew soft food until it is comfortable to chew your normal diet.
-- as soon as you are allowed to clean the surgical area, clean gently and carefully until healing is complete. A clean surgical site will healer faster and better.
9. Normal healing
usually progresses unnoticed with good home care. We will see you as many times as you feel is necessary during your recovery. Usually, one visit to remove any stitches is all that will be
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