Post Operative Instructions
- Please close with firm pressure on the gauze until ______________. This will be the ONLY gauze you are to use.
- When you remove the gauze a little bleeding or seepage from the surgical sites is normal and expected. Do NOT rinse or "spit" today. Changing the gauze, rinsing or "spitting" to cope with the minimal bleeding actually creates an initiates MORE bleeding. These actions dislodge the newly created clot, which initiates additional bleeding and could result in infection and a longer recovery period.
- Apply ice to your face. This will help minimize swelling. Tomorrow the use of ice and/or moist heat to the face is advised. Both are noted to be beneficial. Swelling and some difficulty in normal eating are to be expected.
- DIET & PAIN MANAGEMENT: A narcotic prescription will be provided. Many Narcotic medications cause nausea, vomiting, and my be difficult to tolerate. It is very important that you eat prior to first taking the prescribed medication. Recommended foods are in the starch (complex carbohydrate) family. Noodles, rices, pasta, mashed potatoes are some examples. Liquids such as soups, yogurt, Jell-O, ice cream do NOT provide a solid enough base to reduce the side effects commonly associated with the prescription medication. It is also highly suggested that a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (N.S.A.I.D.) medication such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Naproxin, etc. be used along with the narcotic prescription if your medical condition permits such usage.
- If you develop a constant dull ache or throbbing sensation beginning on the THIRD day following your surgery, which does not respond to your pain medication, please call our office. You may be developing a "dry socket", which commonly occurs following the surgical removal of a tooth. The placement of medicated packing material with-in the socket of the tooth relieves the discomfort.
- An elevated temperature immediately following surgery up to 101.0 degrees is not unusual. Please call our office if your temperature is greater than 101.0 degrees.
In case of Emergency CALL: (617) 731-6060 or (781) 344-7100
Gerald S. Fine, D.D.S.
Practice limited to oral & maxillofacial surgery