Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 60 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply ice chips to the area of surgery. Apply the ice intermittently as much as possible for the first 48 hours.
Start off with plenty of fluids, adding soft foods when your local anaesthetic wears off. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unlees you've been told otherwise..
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength. Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2 tablets may be taken every 4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. If an ointment has been prescribed apply a small amount to the wound 2-3 times per day. This will reduce inflammation and make you more comfortable.
In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour including the prescribed medicine. You should then sip on clear fluids like water,tea, gatorade or flat ginger ale. You should sip slowly over a fifteen-minute period. When the nausea subsides you can begin taking solid foods and the prescribed medicine. Be sure to call us if this doesn't improve.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.
If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. These are usually placed if a orthodontic bracket could not be placed and helps to keep the tooth exposed until you return to the orthodontist. If it gets dislodged or falls out do not get alarmed.
REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable. Try to avoid vigorous exercise for 5- 7 days.