You may have moderate discomfort after anesthesia wears off. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by taking your pain medications as directed. If your pain medications are not keeping you comfortable please call our office. Take the prescribed medication (s) as directed. You next medication should be taken at: _____________AM/PM.
Do not drink alcohol while taking pain medications.
It is normal to experience increased soreness 3-4 days following your surgery.
Antibiotics may be prescribed depending on the surgical procedure. It is important that these antibiotics be taken completely as directed.
For women who use birth control pills, please be aware that oral antibiotics may interfere with oral contraceptives. In very rare instances a woman may become pregnant while taking oral contraceptives with antibiotics. Please be advised to use supplemental methods of contraception if you will be taking birth control pills with other medications.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
GRAFT SURGERY OR IMPLANT
Do not brush or floss the grafted area until your first post op visit. It is important to keep your mouth clean by brushing ALL OTHER areas of your mouth with a regular soft toothbrush or Sonicare AVOIDING THE GRAFT SITE (s).
Begin using the prescribed mouth rinse the evening after your surgery. Gently dab on your surgical site(s) with a Q-tip four to six times a day. If super healing gel was dispensed, apply morning and evening after brushing and rinsing as directed.
A periodontal dressing may be applied to protect the surgical site. Remove the dressing 3-4 days following surgery to allow for proper oral hygiene
With the exception of the area of surgery, meticulous oral hygiene (brushing, flossing and proxy brush use) should be continued in all areas of the mouth.
Begin using the prescribed mouth rinse the evening after your surgery. Gently dab on your surgical site(s) with a Q-tip morning and night. If super healing gel was dispensed, apply morning and evening after brushing and rinsing as directed.
The night of your surgery begin using the post-surgery toothbrush we provided you, without toothpaste, on the tooth structure. Be careful to avoid the gum tissue. Resume normal brushing at the surgery site one week following your surgery.
Do not use hydrogen peroxide or a water pick.
Do not smoke for the first two weeks after your surgery. Smoking irritates the gums and will delay healing.
Smoking will decrease predictability of results/success and increase chances of infection.
In order to keep inflammation, bruising, and bleeding to a minimum, keep the inside of your mouth as cold as possible by consuming ice chips, popsicles, ice cream, milkshakes, or ice water for the first 24 hours.
If your gums change color from whitish grey to bluish purple this is a normal part of healing and should not be a concern.
Slight swelling and bruising of your face is normal. If you experience swelling accompanied by fever, a bad odor, or pain that intensifies and is not relieved by pain medications please call our office.
If excessive bleeding occurs, take a moist black tea bag or gauze and hold with firm pressure over the bleeding site for 20 minutes. Drinking ice water or sucking lightly on ice cubes will also help to slow bleeding. If bleeding persists please call our office.
You may experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, air, and foods.
Sensitivity is almost always due to inadequate plaque removal. It is important that you clean your teeth and gums as directed.
Tooth sensitivity may last a few weeks and then subside. If your teeth remain sensitive please let us know.