Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.
Protection of the blood clot… Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or by biting on a tea bag which has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for 3 hours. Repeat as often as needed every hour.
Do not rinse… or use a mouthwash for at least 48 hours. After 48 hours, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of table salt with 16 oz. of water).
Discomfort… Following dental surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.
The toothbrush… may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster.
Eating… adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Ensure or Boost. The high quality, nutritional value of the supplement is important for prompt healing following such procedures.
Avoid… all excessive activity, picking at the surgical area, consuming liquids through a straw, and avoid alcoholic beverages & smoking for 3 days to allow healing to become well established.
Sutures… if they were used, do not fail to return for their removal. You must schedule an appointment 7-10 days following your surgery.
Control of swelling… Gently apply ice packs to area for intervals of 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. This procedure should continue for the first 24 hours only.
Allergic reactions… For generalized rash, itching, etc., call dentist immediately.
Questions? Dr. Conner and his team are here for you. Contact us with any questions or concerns.