We want your surgical experience and post-operative course to be as smooth as possible! Please follow these few guidelines to help achieve this:
Take all regularly prescribed medication (especially blood pressure medication)
If you are having IV anesthesia do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure
Wear comfortable clothing
Avoid wearing contacts, jewelry or make up
No smoking for 48 hours prior to your surgery
Immediately after surgery
Please use the provided ice pack for 48 hours to minimize swelling. We would expect there to be some swelling for up to 4 days
Place the provided gauze packs over the surgical site with biting pressure to manage bleeding. Typically, you will remove the gauze after 20-30 minutes. It is common to reapply the gauze 3-4 times before the bleeding has completely stopped. Most bleeding will completely stop after 3-4 hours
Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medication for 5 days
Please rinse with the provided antimicrobial rinse starting 24 hours after your surgery. You will rinse once in the morning and again at bedtime for 5 days to avoid infection.
You will likely be given a prescription for pain medication that will be taken as needed for 2-3 days
You will experience numbness for up to 4-6 hours depending on the surgery. During this time we would recommend you eat cool soft foods. Once the numbness is gone you can add temperature and consistency.
It is ok to brush your teeth but do the best you can to avoid the surgical site.
3-5 days after surgery
You can expect to have muscle soreness for up to 7 days
If you experience persistent pain after 4 days please call the office to discuss with our surgical staff
If you experience an increase in your pain after 3 days please call our surgical staff to discuss
If you notice persistent swelling after 5 days (or an increase in your swelling after 3 days) please call our surgical staff to discuss
It can be normal to have open sockets where the teeth were removed. We will provide you with a plastic syringe to help flush any debris from the area. Do not use the syringe until after day 3.
If you have removable orthodontic retainers you can use them at any time.