Expect swelling, especially if the surgery was difficult. Swelling usually begins about 48 hours after surgery and is worst on the 3rd day after surgery. For the first 24-48 hours - place ice on the cheek for 20 minutes, then remove for 10 minutes on each affected side. Start this ice application as soon as possible after the procedure.
Keep head elevated when resting or sleeping - use extra pillows to elevate your head, or sleep in a recliner the first day, and night following surgery.
After the first 24-48 hours, switch to warm moist heat, instead of ice.
Keep jaw muscles as active as possible to avoid stiffness.
These medications should be taken with food because they can cause stomach or intestinal upset. Consuming yogurt or probiotics daily, when taking these medications can help prevent/reduce GI issues.
If sutures were used, they will dissolve in 7-14 days and do not need to be removed unless told by your surgeon.
Avoid smoking for at least 72 hours, longer would be better. Smoking greatly increases the chances of postoperative problems like dry socket.
DO NOT chew tobacco for one week.
If you had a morning procedure we will call you in the afternoon, for afternoon procedures, we will call you the following morning. Please let us know if you experience anything unusual including: large amounts of bleeding, pain that persists for longer than 7 days or increases after 4 days, or any unusual reaction to medications.
|Tylenol: Take 325mg every 4-6 hours as needed for pain
|Ibuprofen: Take 400mg every 4-6h as needed for pain
|Peridex: swish with one capful twice daily starting two days after surgery. (It may stain teeth/gums/tongue)
|Narcotic pain medication(s): If you need it will be taken INSTEAD of the Tylenol and on the same 4-6 hour schedule.