Extraction Post Operative Instructions
Extraction Post Operative Instructions
It is imperative to the success of your healing that you follow these instructions as they have been discussed with you.
HEALING Typically the first day after surgery is the most uncomfortable. It is not uncommon to experience some swelling and light bleeding at the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area by biting on moist gauze. Extra gauze has been provided for you to use at home. The site should be checked periodically to ensure that bleeding has subsided. If bleeding persists, a damp tea bag can be used in place of the gauze. Bleeding should decrease after the first 48 hours. Any sutures that were placed will dissolve on their own and do not require a return visit to our office. The remainder of the post operative course should consist of gradual improvement. Keep in mind that complete healing generally takes up to 4 to 6 weeks.
NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL OR CARBONATED BEVERAGES. IT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT THAT SMOKING CAUSES DELAY IN HEALING, AS WELL AS AN INCREASED RISK OF INFECTION DEVELOPMENT. FOR THAT REASON, YOU SHOULD STOP SMOKING FOR AT LEAST 2 DAYS FOLLOWING THE SURGERY. WE RECOMMEND THAT FOR YOUR OVERALL HEALTH, YOU QUIT SMOKING ENTIRELY. Alcohol and carbonated drinks have been known to dry out the extraction site causing pain.
NO RINSING, SPITTING OR DRINKING THROUGH A STRAW This is most important during the first 24 hours following the extraction. A blood clot is forming at the surgical site and any type of “suction” could dislodge it and cause bleeding. Starting on day 2 following the surgery, use the syringe provided and warm salty water to irrigate the extraction site. This will help in the promotion of healing. Discontinue the use of the syringe after day 3. Brush your teeth gingerly, particularly in the areas closest to the extraction site.
NO HARD OR CRUNCHY FOODS Avoid any food that may get caught in the extraction site for at least one week. This includes but is not limited to: popcorn, nuts, tortilla chips, toasted bread, etc. For the first 24 hours following surgery, cold foods would be more ideal (smoothies, sorbet, and yogurt). Warm soup, mashed potatoes and spaghetti are all also acceptable. Do not consume anything that is extremely hot in temperature. Spicy foods should also be avoided.
NO EXERCISE Heavy physical activity could elevate the blood pressure and pulse, causing an increase in bleeding. No exercising, strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 48 hours following surgery.
COLD COMPRESS Apply a cold compress to the outside of the face for 20 minutes “on” and 20 minutes “off”. Doing so will help with any swelling as well as assist with blood control. This should only be done for the first day following the procedure. It is also recommended that you sleep with your head somewhat elevated for the first night after surgery.
TAKE MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED The effect of prescription medication varies greatly from person to person. Any medication in pill form takes 30 to 45 minutes to take effect. It is very important to take medicine as prescribed to ensure your comfort and prevent or treat any infection. All antibiotics should be taken as directed and until all gone, even if you start to feel better. It is very ineffective and in some instances, dangerous, to take less that directed, or to stop taking your medicine completely. Do not take aspirin or anything containing aspirin as this may cause increased bleeding. If any meds that have been prescribed are causing complications, please discontinue use and call our office immediately. Remember that the most severe pain is usually within six hours after the local anesthesia wears off. Taking the prescribed medicines before the anesthesia wears off will help combat discomfort. As time goes on, your need for medicine should decrease.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF TAKING LARGE DOSES OF MEDICATION AT FREQUENT INTERVALS PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE.
Important Note for Females: Antibiotics have seen shown to decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. To avoid any unwanted pregnancies, it is highly recommended that you practice additional methods of birth control (i.e. condoms) until after you have taken all of the antibiotics AND have started your next menstrual cycle.
It is our goal to make the recovery process as pleasant as possible for our patients. Following these instructions with help in assuring that the process goes as smooth as can be predicted. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our office
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