Expect the surgical area to feel moderately uncomfortable. This can be minimized by taking an over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen(Motrin/Advil), Naproxen sodium(Aleve) or acetominophen(Tylenol).
Apply ice to the area for 2 hours immediately after the surgery (alternating 10 minutes on followed by 10 minutes off).
Swelling is not unusual. The ice should help minimize the chance of swelling.
Eat an adequate diet. For the remainder of today it should primarily consist of soft foods. After today, let comfort be your guide. Try to avoid chewing on the side of the surgery.
Periodontal Dressing (putty): If periodontal dressing has been placed, it is only for your comfort and has nothing to do with healing. Portions may be lost during the week and if the dressing comes off, you can dispose of it. It does not need to be replaced.
Bleeding: Expect pink saliva for 3-5 hours. However, if you feel you have a bleeding problem, please call the office immediately.
Keeping the Surgical Area Clean
Rinsing is not necessary today since any rinsing could cause bleeding. After today, you can rinse 2-3 times a day with a mouthwash such as Listerine. Remember to rinse gently.
Brushing: Normal brushing of the surgical area is generally impossible. You can brush lightly on the “biting surfaces” of the teeth but stay away from the gum line as it will be sore and you could “catch” the stitches.
At your next visit we will remove any sutures and/or periodontal dressing, clean the area and instruct you on how to care for it through the following week.
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