Your prescription should be filled as soon as possible. You should begin taking your medicine before the local anesthetic loses its effect. If antibiotics were prescribed to you, they should be taken in full.
To decrease the swelling, it is strongly suggested to use wrapped ice on cheeks during the first 24 to 48 hours following the surgery. Alternate every 20 minutes each side. Stop applying ice after 48 hours after the surgery: then use hot moist compresses in the same way, this time to decrease swelling.
Mild bleeding is normal on the day of your surgery. Place gauze on the wounds and keep a constant pressure for 60 minutes. If you no longer have gauze, you can use a bag of regular tea soaked in water and squeezed to drain.
The swelling will reach its maximum on the third day after your surgery and will gradually decrease. If the swelling comes back suddenly, please contact us quickly in order to eliminate a possible infection. Bruises are normal and will disappear with swelling.
Do not deprive yourself of eating. Drink lots of fluids and return to your regular diet as soon as possible. Consume only soft and cold food until the local anesthesia disappears. Avoid the use of a straw for the first 24 hours.
Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the surgery. The next day, rinse with salted water or with prescribed mouth rinse (Peridex) 2 to 3 times per day, for a period of 7 to 10 days. Use ¼ tsp of salt in a large glass of water. If possible, brush your teeth gently on the day of the surgery.
If you have nausea, take Gravol (tablet or suppository). The usual dosage for an adult is 50mg. If in doubt, contact us. Sometimes analgesics (Tylenol #3, narcotic) can cause nausea and a prescription change may be necessary.
Your stitches will dissolve on their own in 5-7 days unless your surgeon tells you otherwise.
For those wearing dentures, keep your dentures in your mouth 24 hours a day for 3 days after surgery. Rinse your mouth without your dentures and return them as quickly as possible to prevent swelling. On the fourth day, you can remove your dentures to sleep, but it may be a little difficult to put them back in the morning. Note: Make an appointment with your dentist or denturist within 3-5 days after your surgery so that they can adjust your dentures if necessary.
Medications occasionally irritate the veins of the arm. If so, keep your arm high and place warm moist compresses on them. If this does not resolve pain or discomfort quickly, please contact us as soon as possible.
Limit your sports activities to a minimum during the healing period. Avoid intense cardiovascular activities for 5-7 days.
Operating a vehicles
It is not recommended to drive vehicles or dangerous machinery and to consume alcohol during a post-operative period of 18 hours after surgery.
Avoid smoking for the next 24-72 hours after surgery.
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