Medication: You must start taking your pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. If antibiotics are prescribed, it is important that the complete dosage is taken.

Ice: Ice packs must be applied for the first 48 hours following surgery. They can be used on and off with a minimum of 20 minutes per hour.

Swelling: Swelling will be at its peak on the 3rd day after surgery. If swelling reappears suddenly, please contact our office. Bruising is normal and will disappear with the swelling.

Bleeding: Use a gauze sponge for an hour or two. Place it on the wound and keep your mouth closed. Do not fall asleep with gauze in your mouth.

Rinsing: Avoid rinsing or spitting the day of surgery. The following day, rinse with warm salt water every 2 hours (1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of water). Once the swelling reduces, rinse every 4-6 hours for the next 2 weeks. Use a toothbrush on the second day. Rinse with Chlorhexidine – be sure to follow instructions on the bottle.

Diet: Avoid hot foods until the anesthetic wears off. Return to your normal diet as soon as possible. Do not use straws during your recovery period.

Nausea: If you suffer from nausea, you may take 50 mg of Gravol (in tablets or suppositories).

Stitches: The stitches will dissolve on their own within 1 week.

Dentures: Unless otherwise advised, do not wear your dentures for a week following surgery.

Physical activity: Limit physical activity to a minimum for a week. In order to prevent jaw muscles from ankylosis, exercise them by opening and closing your mouth.

Intravenous: If medication has irritated arm veins, keep your arm raised and use hot water compresses.

Driving: DO NOT use your vehicle, operate machinery or drink alcohol for 18 hours after surgery.

Smoking: Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery.
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