Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the site for one hour. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the outside of the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice for 20 minutes every hour for the first 48 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Following your procedure, you will be prescribed pain medication. You may prefer to try an over-the-counter pain reliever first. This may provide enough pain relief. If it does not, please utilize the prescription you have been given.
Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day following the surgery, rinse with warm salt water and use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse. Apply a small amount to a Q-tip and gently dab the site. Do this at least 3X per day (once in the morning, after lunch, and before bed). The day of your procedure be gentle when brushing and avoid the surgical site.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Wearing Your Prosthesis
Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures can be inserted following the procedure unless otherwise indicated by the oral surgeon.