Post-Op-Instructions 2017-04-12T22:37:47+00:00

Post-Op-Instructions

1. Bite on gauze for 2 hours. If bleeding continues after 2 hours, place a damp tea bag in the socket and bite on it. If bleeding persists for more than a few hours, please contact Dr. Coca.

2. Keep fingers and tongue away from the operated area.

3. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours. (i.e. no swishing liquids in mount).

4. After the first 24 hours, start a salt water rinse (1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of room temperature water). Continue for a few days.

5. Do not spit hard. Lean head to one side and let water run out.

6. Keep area clean of food.

7. It is normal to have some blood streaking in saliva for 1 day. If bleeding is heavy or persists, please call us.

8. Some discomfort is to be expected. Take pain medication as required during the day. You can alternate between extra strength Tylenol and Ibuprofen 400mg every 2 – 3 hours. For the night, take Tylenol 3. Follow instructions given for prescription. If pain persist, please contact Dr. Coca.

9. Diet (cold or lukewarm) liquids may be taken for the first 4 – 6 hours. After this, any soft food is permissible; stay away from any crunchy food that may get lodged in the socket for 2 days (i.e. popcorn, chips, and raw vegetables).

10. Some swelling or bruising may occur, usually reaching its maximum two days after surgery. It will disappear gradually and is no cause for concern. Ice packs should be applied (alternating for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off).

11. Sutures (stitches) will dissolve on their own. If required to be removed, an appointment will be made for you.

12. Please call us if you have any questions.

Periodontal Dressing

  • The procedure you have undergone is a surgical one. A periodontal dressing is now in your mouth to protect the treated area and promote healing. This dressing will take approximately . hour to harden, during which time you should not eat or drink.
  • The dressing may not remain in place until your post operative appointment, do not be alarmed if the dressing becomes loose or pieces break off during the course of the healing period.

First 24 hours

  • Do not rinse or take hot foods or fluids for 24 hours
  • During the first 24 hours drink and eat only cold/soft or cool/soft food and beverages
  • Avoid alcohol
  • After 24 hours you may rinse with warm salt water or an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • After 24 hours you may begin brushing and flossing your teeth as usual, BUT DO NOT BRUSH OR FLOSS THE OPERATED AREA OF THE MOUTH
  • After 24 hours have passed eat a semi-soft diet of fruit juice, yogurt, eggs, fish, ground meat, stew, cooked vegetables, pasta, soup, etc.
  • As a general rule avoid foods which are hard, sharp, spicy or contain small seeds

Bleeding

  • Occasional blood stains in the saliva for the first four or five hours are not unusual. If there is considerable bleeding beyond this point, fold a piece of gauze and apply it to the outside of the dressing, in the area of bleeding. Hold the gauze firmly in place for 15 minutes; do not remover the gauze during this period.
  • Repeat if necessary. If bleeding persists, contact the office.
  • Do not exercise of exert yourself. Take it easy. Activities which increase cardiovascular activity can increase chances of bleeding. Do not engage in contact sports until you have returned to this office to have the packing and sutures removed.

Pain

  • Continue to take 600mg to 800mg of ibuprofen or Advil every 6 to 8 hours. It is wise to eat before taking this medication.
  • Acetaminophen or Tylenol can be used in between in combination with the ibuprofen/Advil. Please speak with our office regarding the proper dosage.
  • Pain management is more effective if you take the medications before you are feeling discomfort.
  • Fill the prescription for an antimicrobial mouth rise and use as directed.

Swelling

  • Swelling and bruising are not uncommon following a surgical procedure and need not cause alarm.
  • To reduce or relieve swelling apply ice bag or towel saturated in ice water against the cheek, 10 minutes on and 10minutes off. This can be repeated every hour.
  • Only apply ice for the first 24 hours, following this period of time ice will not help with swelling or bruising.
  • Do not leave the ice on the cheek for a long period of time because it could actually bring swelling to the area.

 

  • The procedure you have undergone is a surgical one. A periodontal dressing is now in your mouth to protect the treated area and promote healing. This dressing will take approximately . hour to harden, during which time you should not eat or drink.
  • The dressing may not remain in place until your post operative appointment, do not be alarmed if the dressing becomes loose or pieces break off during the course of the healing period.
  • Do not rinse or take hot foods or fluids for 24 hours
  • During the first 24 hours drink and eat only cold/soft or cool/soft food and beverages
  • Avoid alcohol
  • After 24 hours you may rinse with warm salt water or an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • After 24 hours you may begin brushing and flossing your teeth as usual, BUT DO NOT BRUSH OR FLOSS THE OPERATED AREA OF THE MOUTH
  • After 24 hours have passed eat a semi-soft diet of fruit juice, yogurt, eggs, fish, ground meat, stew, cooked vegetables, pasta, soup, etc.
  • As a general rule avoid foods which are hard, sharp, spicy or contain small seeds
  • Occasional blood stains in the saliva for the first four or five hours are not unusual. If there is considerable bleeding beyond this point, fold a piece of gauze and apply it to the outside of the dressing, in the area of bleeding. Hold the gauze firmly in place for 15 minutes; do not remover the gauze during this period.
  • Repeat if necessary. If bleeding persists, contact the office.
  • Do not exercise of exert yourself. Take it easy. Activities which increase cardiovascular activity can increase chances of bleeding. Do not engage in contact sports until you have returned to this office to have the packing and sutures removed.
  • Continue to take 600mg to 800mg of ibuprofen or Advil every 6 to 8 hours. It is wise to eat before taking this medication.
  • Acetaminophen or Tylenol can be used in between in combination with the ibuprofen/Advil. Please speak with our office regarding the proper dosage.
  • Pain management is more effective if you take the medications before you are feeling discomfort.
  • Fill the prescription for an antimicrobial mouth rise and use as directed.
  • Swelling and bruising are not uncommon following a surgical procedure and need not cause alarm.
  • To reduce or relieve swelling apply ice bag or towel saturated in ice water against the cheek, 10 minutes on and 10minutes off. This can be repeated every hour.
  • Only apply ice for the first 24 hours, following this period of time ice will not help with swelling or bruising.
  • Do not leave the ice on the cheek for a long period of time because it could actually bring swelling to the area.

If there is excessive bleeding, swelling, severe pain or any other problems,

Please do not hesitate to contact the office.

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