Post Op Care

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

NOW THAT YOUR SURGERY IS OVER, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD DO…

In general, with most oral surgical procedures, a certain amount of bleeding, pain and swelling is normal. For a few hours after surgery, be kind to yourself by reducing your activity as much as possible. Try to promote formation of a blood clot by avoiding excessive spitting and unnecessary talking.

If you have had intravenous anesthesia (“put to sleep”) remember not to operate a vehicle, any machinery, or undertake any responsible business matters for at least 24 hours. A certain amount of mental confusion, dizziness and blurring of vision is normal during this time. Additionally, do not become alarmed if a “black and blue” bruise should appear at the site of injection. The suggestions below should help you minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery.

Questions?

336-478-8484

As a patient of record, please know you can call us at any time with your questions.

We care about you

Emergency Cases

Should you have an emergency after surgery, please call 911. Then follow up with our office after the emergency is resolved.

TO CONTROL BLEEDING…

Immediately following the procedure, keep steady pressure on the bleeding area by biting firmly on the gauze pad placed there after the procedure. You may need to gently remove the compress and replace it with a new folded moist gauze. You should leave the first gauze pack in for 1      hours then change it every hour thereafter for the next 2 to 6 hours after surgery. After that, some mild oozing can be expected for up to 48 hours.

Some things you should NOT DO…

  • DO NOT SMOKE
  • DO NOT USE A STRAW FOR AT LEAST 3 DAYS AFTER SURGERY, THE SUCKING ACTION CAN CAUSE DRY

 

TO RELIEVE PAIN…

Immediately following the procedure, begin taking the medication as directed by the doctor. It is important to begin the medication before the anesthesia wears off. Most prescription analgesics contain narcotics and can cause some nausea if taken on an empty stomach. It is best to take a small amount of liquid food with these. Drowsiness is another side effect with prescription analgesics, and activities which require normal coordination should be avoided.

TO MINIMIZE SWELLING…

Immediately following the procedure, apply an ice bag to the affected area. Apply the ice to area for 20 minutes, and then leave off for 10 minutes. For most procedures, 24 hours of this type of application gives best results. Remember, swelling is a normal body response to surgery, and is proportional to the surgery involved. If you received medication to help control swelling, remember to complete the prescription.

PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY TYPE OF HEAT.

TO MAINTAIN PROPER HYGIENE…

The morning following surgery, you should begin following these hygiene suggestions. Saline (salt water) rinses are the best way to keep your mouth clean and allow for excellent healing. Please follow the 10/10 rule: rinse 10 times per day for 10 days. Make a gallon of salt water using one half cup of salt per gallon of water. Table salt works great for this. Please brush and floss when it is comfortable to do so.

TO MAINTAIN A PROPER DIET…

Generally, soft foods and liquids are best for the first meal or two with gradual addition of more solid food. For the first day keep everything cool in temperature.

IF YOU HAD IMPACTED TEETH REMOVED…

Remember, these are generally more difficult than other oral surgical procedures, therefore, post-operative problems are not unusual. Some of the problems you may encounter are as follows:

  1. SLOW It is not unusual for it to take 2 -4 days before you begin to feel “normal.”
  2. LARGE Usually this will “peak” in 2 — 3 days after surgery and resolve completely within 7 – 10 days.
  3. BLACK AND BLUE Usually, this becomes evident 1-2 days later. This will resolve in time.
  4. DRY SOCKET. This is a very common complication and can be treated. Generally, the symptoms include throbbing pain, bad taste and bad breath. It usually takes 3 days after surgery to occur. If you suspect “dry socket’ call the office, as we will need to see you to make it heal more comfortably.

IN CASE OF PROBLEMS…

Part of surgical care is the post-operative period. If you should experience excessive bleeding, pain, swelling, high fever or difficulty swallowing, please call us at 336-478-8484.

Remember your follow up visit. We are very interested in your welfare and a post-operative visit allows us to make sure healing is progressing satisfactorily. Successful surgical treatment is always a partnership between the surgeon and the patient. We hope these instructions will help you make your treatment successful and pleasant.

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

NOW THAT YOUR SURGERY IS OVER, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD DO…

In general, with most oral surgical procedures, a certain amount of bleeding, pain and swelling is normal. For a few hours after surgery, be kind to yourself by reducing your activity as much as possible. Try to promote formation of a blood clot by avoiding excessive spitting and unnecessary talking.

If you have had intravenous anesthesia (“put to sleep”) remember not to operate a vehicle, any machinery, or undertake any responsible business matters for at least 24 hours. A certain amount of mental confusion, dizziness and blurring of vision is normal during this time. Additionally, do not become alarmed if a “black and blue” bruise should appear at the site of injection. The suggestions below should help you minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery.

TO CONTROL BLEEDING…

Immediately following the procedure, keep steady pressure on the bleeding area by biting firmly on the gauze pad placed there after the procedure. You may need to gently remove the compress and replace it with a new folded moist gauze. You should leave the first gauze pack in for 1      hours then change it every hour thereafter for the next 2 to 6 hours after surgery. After that, some mild oozing can be expected for up to 48 hours.

Some things you should NOT DO…

  • DO NOT SMOKE
  • DO NOT USE A STRAW FOR AT LEAST 3 DAYS AFTER SURGERY, THE SUCKING ACTION CAN CAUSE DRY

 

TO RELIEVE PAIN…

Immediately following the procedure, begin taking the medication as directed by the doctor. It is important to begin the medication before the anesthesia wears off. Most prescription analgesics contain narcotics and can cause some nausea if taken on an empty stomach. It is best to take a small amount of liquid food with these. Drowsiness is another side effect with prescription analgesics, and activities which require normal coordination should be avoided.

TO MINIMIZE SWELLING…

Immediately following the procedure, apply an ice bag to the affected area. Apply the ice to area for 20 minutes, and then leave off for 10 minutes. For most procedures, 24 hours of this type of application gives best results. Remember, swelling is a normal body response to surgery, and is proportional to the surgery involved. If you received medication to help control swelling, remember to complete the prescription.

PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY TYPE OF HEAT.

TO MAINTAIN PROPER HYGIENE…

The morning following surgery, you should begin following these hygiene suggestions. Saline (salt water) rinses are the best way to keep your mouth clean and allow for excellent healing. Please follow the 10/10 rule: rinse 10 times per day for 10 days. Make a gallon of salt water using one half cup of salt per gallon of water. Table salt works great for this. Please brush and floss when it is comfortable to do so.

TO MAINTAIN A PROPER DIET…

Generally, soft foods and liquids are best for the first meal or two with gradual addition of more solid food. For the first day keep everything cool in temperature.

IF YOU HAD IMPACTED TEETH REMOVED…

Remember, these are generally more difficult than other oral surgical procedures, therefore, post-operative problems are not unusual. Some of the problems you may encounter are as follows:

  1. SLOW It is not unusual for it to take 2 -4 days before you begin to feel “normal.”
  2. LARGE Usually this will “peak” in 2 — 3 days after surgery and resolve completely within 7 – 10 days.
  3. BLACK AND BLUE Usually, this becomes evident 1-2 days later. This will resolve in time.
  4. DRY SOCKET. This is a very common complication and can be treated. Generally, the symptoms include throbbing pain, bad taste and bad breath. It usually takes 3 days after surgery to occur. If you suspect “dry socket’ call the office, as we will need to see you to make it heal more comfortably.

IN CASE OF PROBLEMS…

Part of surgical care is the post-operative period. If you should experience excessive bleeding, pain, swelling, high fever or difficulty swallowing, please call us at 336-478-8484.

Remember your follow up visit. We are very interested in your welfare and a post-operative visit allows us to make sure healing is progressing satisfactorily. Successful surgical treatment is always a partnership between the surgeon and the patient. We hope these instructions will help you make your treatment successful and pleasant.

Questions?

336-478-8484

As a patient of record, please know you can call us at any time with your questions.

We care about you

Emergency Cases

Should you have an emergency after surgery, please call 911. Then follow up with our office after the emergency is resolved.

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