* Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and spped the healing of the surgical area.
1. Protection of blood clot: maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or on a tea bag that has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as needed.
2. Do Not Rinse: or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water ( 1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz of warm water.) every 1-2 hours is recommended. ( The use of commercial mouthwash during the healing period is not encouraged.)
3. Discomfort: following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
4. The toothbrush: may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved in the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster.
5. 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 liquid protein shakes and/or instant breakfast.
6. Avoid: all excessive activity. Don't pick/poke at surgical area. Don't consume liquids through a straw. Avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking until healing is well established.
7. Sutures: if they were used, do not fail to return for their removal. It is only a five minute appointment that can be easily be set the day of. Typically 7-10 days after surgery.
8. Control of swelling: genly apply ice packs to area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This procedure should continue for the first 24 hours only. NO Heating pads/compress.
9. Allergic reactions..for generalized rash, itching, etc. Call dentist immediately.
10. Do not hesitate to call if any q
Dr. James L. Johnson