PAIN: You may have some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most discomfort can be controlled by non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Advil/Motrin), taken with water every three to four hours as needed. The prescription should be utilized as necessary.
ANTIBIOTICS: Antibiotics may be prescribed depending upon the surgical procedure. It is important that the antibiotic be taken as completely as directed.
SWELLING: You may experience swelling. To help alleviate this, apply an ice pack to the outside of the face for 1⁄2 hour on and 1⁄2 hour off for the first 3 to 4 hours.
BLEEDING: Do not be concerned if traces of blood are noted in the saliva for several hours after the operation. If bleeding occurs, place pressure on area with gauze for 30-60 minutes.
DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH VIGOROUSLY OR SPIT FOR THE FIRST FEW HOURS
ORAL HYGIENE: Maintain meticulous oral hygiene in all areas of the mouth EXCEPT at the surgery site. RINSE MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER AFTER MEALS. If you have a healing abutment visible above the gum level, you may start brushing the healing abutment 3 weeks after the surgery.
NUTRITION: Maintain a healthy diet of soft, protein rich foods such as: eggs, ground meat, protein shakes, puddings, yogurt, cottage cheese, soups or meal supplements such as Ensure. You may take a Vitamin C supplement. Avoid hot, spicy or acidic foods. If possible, chew on opposite side of the mouth.
CAUTION: Medication give during surgery may cause drowsiness. We recommend that you not drink alcohol, operate a car or heavy machinery for 2 days after the surgery. We recommend that you eliminate smoking as it will significantly delay the healing process.
EXERCISE: No strenuous exercise for 48 hours. Moderate exercise is allowed for the remainder of the healing process.