PATIENT CARE FOLLOWING DENTAL SURGERY
To ensure rapid healing and to avoid complications that could be both harmful and painful to you, please follow these instructions:
Bleeding: To prevent unnecessary bleeding, maintain gentle pressure over the surgery site(s) by biting on gauze. You have been given a supply of gauze pads. Biting on a tea bag that has been moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze also helps stop the bleeding. Pressure should be continued for one or two hours or until most of the bleeding has stopped. Change the packs every 15 to 20 minutes or when saturated. It is not unusual to have slight oozing for up to 24 hours. Rest today and keep your head slightly elevated. Do not engage in physical activity since this stimulates bleeding.
Medications: Unless you already have your medications, pick them up very soon and take as directed. Take a pain pill when you first start to feel discomfort. If you took sedative medications (such as Valium), do not drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Note that taking some antibiotics can temporarily nullify the effects of oral contraceptives,
Eating: It is important to get nutrition after surgery to help the healing process. The day of surgery, do not use a straw when drinking, it may remove the clot and prolong bleeding. Just drink supplements and juices and eat soft foods today.
Rinsing and Brushing: Do not rinse for the first day after surgery since this could dislodge the blood clot. If teeth were removed this could lead to a dry socket. After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) 3 to 4 times a day for 5 days.
Smoking: No smoking for at least 24 hours after surgery.
Ice Packs: To help prevent swelling ice packs should be applied to the face adjacent to the surgery site(s). To the extent possible, apply ice packs for periods of 20 minutes on and five minutes off until bedtime on the day of surgery. Ice is not particularly beneficial after the first day.
Post-operative Check-Up: The surgery site needs to be examined to make certain that healing is progressing normally. In addition sutures may need to be removed.
Unforeseen Complications: If you suspect any problems with healing, do not hesitate to call the office or doctor at home.
These telephone numbers are:
Office Telephone: 248-626-3701
Doctor Home Telephone: 248-855-1733