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.