We recommend following these instructions after surgery to ensure a smooth recovery.
If analgesics (pain relief medication) have been prescribed, it is usually best to take the first dose while the surgical site is still anesthetized (numb). All medications (including antibiotics) should be taken strictly as prescribed. Variation from the prescribed regimen can affect the healing and success of your procedure.
You may notice slight bleeding from the surgical site. This type of minor bleeding is normal for 1 to 2 days and is not a major concern. If you notice an obvious flow of blood which is more than a slight ooze, apply firm pressure to the area with folded gauze or a moist tea bag for at least 30 minutes. If it persists, notify your doctor at once.
Some slight swelling is not unusual and may begin after the surgery, reaching a maximum at 3 to 4 days. During the first day and immediately after surgery, place an ice pack wrapped in a clean towel over your face (apply 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off).
Keep your head elevated for the first 2 nights after surgery by using extra pillows. This will help to reduce swelling.
For your comfort and to protect the surgical area, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid chewing in the area of surgery. Avoid hard, fibrous, or sharp foods (such as chips) as these may be uncomfortable and can irritate the surgical site. Avoid hot foods or drinking through a straw as this may promote bleeding. Drink plenty of liquids. Maintain a diet with a normal calorie level that is high in protein, minerals and vitamins to support the post-operative healing.
Rinse with the prescribed oral rinse the day after surgery for 2 weeks. Continue to brush and floss the teeth which were not involved in the surgery. The surgical area should not be disturbed for at least the first week post-operatively. At your post-operative visits, you will be provided with new oral hygiene instructions.
Smoking reduces the blood supply to the surgical site. Refrain from smoking until after your sutures have been removed to ensure the best success of your surgical procedure. Smokers may experience diminished healing, thus increasing the risk for infections and implant failure.
The combination of alcohol and certain pain medications is not recommended.
Avoid strenuous physical activity during your immediate recovery period (2 to 3 days after surgery).
Please ask your surgeon if you may wear your denture or temporary prosthesis. They may require an adjustment or relining prior to use. If they are used and put too much pressure on the surgical site, it could interfere with the healing process.
Should you have any concerns or questions, contact our team of dental professionals at LESPARODONTISTES. We are always pleased to help you.