POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

SWELLING

Immediately after the operation, in order to prevent swelling, apply an ice pack externally to the operation area. You can apply a bag with ice cubes or an iced soft-drink can. Alternate placing ice packs on your cheek for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off to reduce swelling. Do this for a total duration of 6-8 hours after the operation.

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Swelling is your body’s normal response to trauma. Swelling may not become apparent until the day following your surgery. It can be accompanied by bruising and you may find it difficult to open your mouth. If the swelling gets worse after the first two days of the operation, then you must contact us immediately.

MOUTHWASH

On the day of the operation, do not rinse your mouth at all. From the next day, you can use the Doctor’s recommended mouthwash to clean the area. Use the mouthwash 4-5 times a day, for a week, especially after eating. Clean the rest of the teeth with a toothbrush. Alternative you can prepare your own mouthwash with salt water (1 tablespoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water) or with chamomile.

BLOOD

You should avoid sucking on the wound or teasing the wound with your tongue. For 2 days after the operation, a small periodic blood from the wound is possible. This is normal. However, if the blood flow is continuous, apply pressure externally to the wound area for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues after 45 minutes of total pressure, then you must contact us immediately.

FEVER

If you experience fever, then you must contact us in order for the Doctor to recommend medication.

PAIN

In case of post-operative pain, non-aspirin painkillers (Brufen) are recommended. But if the pain gets worse after the first 48 hours, then you should contact us.

MEDICATION

If given prescriptions for medications ensure that you take all medications as directed.

SUTURES

If sutures have been placed in your mouth, do not lift the lip to see them. The sutures will be removed at a follow-up appointment, which will be scheduled 7-10 days from the day of surgery.

ACTIVITIES

For the first 2 days after surgery, you should avoid intense physical activities.

DIET

Your diet for the first 2 days should be cold food that is soft or in liquid form. After 2 days, your diet can be as usual, but being careful not to chew food on the wound. Do not use a straw for the first 3 days.

SMOKING

For the best healing of the wound, it is highly recommended to avoid smoking until sutures are removed.

 

 

Two people are never the same. So, while some patients may have a painless experience, others might take more time to heal. For any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.