INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING ORAL SURGERY
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS FOLLOWING SURGERY
- Bleeding (abnormal after 24 hours).
- Infection (swelling that worsens after the first 24 hours following surgery).
- Swelling (normal, maximum after 48 hours, then should reduce).
- Dry socket (pain that appears 3 to 5 days following the extraction and that is not calmed by analgesics, may be accompanied by bad breath).
- Limited mouth opening (can last 3 to 6 weeks).
- Paresthesia (when a portion of the tongue, cheek or lip remains “frozen”. Happens in about 2% of cases of which 90% are reversible and will disappear with time; usually from a few weeks to several months).
- Ecchymosis (a “bruise” is normal and will disappear within a few days).
- Bite down on the cotton and replace it every 20 minutes until the bleeding stops. If you run out of cotton, use a tea bag. It is normal to have a slight amount of blood in your saliva for the first two days.
- Take the medicine that was prescribed to you by the dentist.
- If medication was not prescribed, you may take analgesics such as Advil or Tylenol in case of pain.
- For the first 48 hours, you should avoid rinsing your mouth, spitting, drinking with a straw, smoking or eating any hard,too hot, too cold or spicy food. You should eat on the other side something soft. You should avoid physical exercises for 48 hours.
- If your received any stitches, apply compresses room temperature on your cheek for 20 minutes, stop for 10 minutes then repeat again. Repeat this sequence for the first day only. The stitches will fall out within a week.
Should you have any problems or questions, call us.