Rest with your head elevated when you arrive at home after the procedure. We ask that you please limit your physical activity and keep moving to a minimum for the first 24-hours.
For the first 1 hours after the surgery, we recommend placing an ice bag to your face in 10-minute intervals. This will help reduce facial swelling. If needed, you can use an ice bag for another hour later during the day before bedtime.
Please take the prescription medications your doctor provided after the surgery as instructed in the office and written on the bottle, if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the office.
If You Experience Bleeding
We ask that you refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol as these activities will interfere with blood clotting and healing of the surgical site for the next 2 weeks. For the first day of your surgery, some minor oozing may occur and is no cause for alarm. If bleeding persists and looks bright red in color, gently rinse your mouth out with cold water then apply a moist tea bag to the area while biting down on it (tea contains tannic acid which can help stop the bleeding). If the bleeding is moderate to heavy and has continued for a few hours without stopping, please call our office immediately, tea bag application and pressure using gauze would help.
When you arrive home after surgery, you may have something very soft to eat or cold to drink. In the evening on the day of your surgery, we recommend eating a soft, bland meal as this is usually the best way to help you feel better. For the first week, please do not eat anything hard or crunchy.
Caring for Your Mouth
Do not brush the area of the surgery for the following two weeks, please continue your regular oral hygiene habits on all other areas in your mouth. Please use an antiseptic mouthwash at least once in the morning and once at night before bed until your next appointment with our office in two weeks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.