Swelling on the first day may occur and can be kept to a minimum with ice packs to the outside of the face over the surgical area. Ice packs should be used 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, during the first 12 hours. If swelling continues into the second day, then begin to apply moist heat to the surgical area. Do not use ice packs after the day of surgery.
A slight amount of bleeding is expected the first day. If bleeding is excessive, apply direct pressure with moist gauze directly over the site of bleeding for 15 minutes. If you do not have gauze, a tea bag works well. If this does not control the bleeding, please call.
The sutures that have been placed are resorbable. They will resorb or in certain situations we will remove them at your two week post surgical appointment.
If you have been given a healing splint (mouthguard) to wear on your upper teeth you, you must wear this for the first 24 hours. You can then use it as needed for comfort when chewing. We find that most patients prefer to wear it for about 3-5 days.
The days following surgery
Continue gentle rinse of tepid water several times a day. You may start to gently brush your teeth, but take care to avoid the surgical site. Eat a normal diet and continue on any medications as prescribed. Be sure to take antibiotics, if prescribed, until all are gone.
If you have any concern during the healing stages of your treatment please phone the office