Postoperative Instructions

Packs            

Ice packs may be applied to the cheeks to help decrease pain and swelling (packet of frozen peas can be substituted).

Bleeding     

Bleeding occurs after oral surgery and responds well to direct pressure. If it occurs, use clean rolled handkerchief to apply firm direct pressure to the bleeding site for one hour. If bleeding persists, please contact me.

Swelling      

This is quite normal and usually reaches its peak 24-30 hours following surgery and than it starts subsiding. 

Discomfort 

Always occurs with varying intensity. Initially, it is important to take the painkillers regularly. Pain should decrease appreciably after 2-3 days. 

Bruising        

Bruising may occur as the swelling starts to subside. 

Nausea       

Nausea or vomiting following general anaesthesia is not uncommon. Have clear fluids only for the first 12 hours after surgery. If vomiting persists, please contact me.

Infection     

Infection occurs in 1-2% of patients after oral surgery. In most cases, antibiotics will already have been prescribed post - operatively to prevent infection. It is important to complete the course, even if there are no problems.

Stitches        

Dissolving sutures will be used in almost all cases; these will fall out or dissolve in approximately 7-14 days following surgery.

Oral Hygiene         

Do not rinse your mouth until the next day. Rinsing in the early stage will cause bleeding. Rinsing with salty water (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) and tooth brushing can be recommenced the next day. 

Diet              

Your diet should be restricted to fluids and to soft food initially. Anything soft and not too hot is OK. The return to normal diet should be gradual. 

 

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