Post-Operative Instructions

The following instructions have been prepared for you in regard to the procedure that has just been performed please read them carefully. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Avoid Chewing on the side with sutures. Eat soft foods (pasta, soups, eggs, etc.) for the next 5 days. Do not go on a diet. Proper nutrition is essential to rapid healing. Do not eat spicy, excessively hot, or hard, crunchy foods (example: popcorn).

Avoid Brushing the area for the next 5 days, but do not neglect the other areas of your mouth. If a prescription rinse has been prescribed, rinse the area twice a day for 30 seconds after brushing and flossing. You can also rinse with warm salt water (I tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water) for the next three days to keep it clean.

Slight Bleeding may occur for the first 12 hours. Oozing of blood will appear to be greatly exaggerated when it mixes with saliva. If bleeding occurs place pressure on the area with a moist gauze pad for 20 minutes or place a warm moist teabag against the area. Tannic acid in regular tea helps the clotting process. You can carry on with your normal activities, but avoid vigorous exercise.

Some Discomfort is to be expected after the anesthesia wears off. This usually lasts for one to two days. This can be controlled by taking 600mg ibuprofen (3 Advil) every four hours. If you cannot take ibuprofen (Motrin) a substitute medication will be prescribed.

Slight Swelling may possibly occur. To keep this at a minimum, gently place an ice pack on the outside of your face for 10-15 minutes, and then remove for 10-15 minutes. Do this for the first 8 hours after your procedure.

The Dressing or Surgical pack acts as a bandage and may not always be placed. It is there for your comfort. Do not worry if the pack loosens or falls out. Continue to rinse the area to keep it clean.

Please take your Medication as prescribed. If you were given a prescription for an antibiotic, it is very important for you to complete the entire prescription.

Do not be alarmed if you notice tooth sensitivity, tenderness, slight fever, or apparent looseness. These can be side effects of the procedure.

If you have any Problems, Questions or Concerns please feel free to call the office. If you have an emergency after hours you can page Dr. Straka at 1-800-761-8242.