Dean C. Younce, D.M.D., P.A.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Postoperative Instructions

BLEEDING:

Remove the gauze pack upon arriving home. Some bleeding is expected. If bleeding is excessive, place a roll of sterile gauze or a moistened tea bag over the wound and bite firmly for 30 minutes with CONSTANT PRESSURE. Assume a semi-upright bed position using 2 pillows. Avoid spitting, as this will promote bleeding.

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PAIN:

Ordinarily, the use of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen will adequately relieve pain. However, a narcotic pain reliever is sometimes prescribed and should be taken only if needed and as prescribed. If you develop a rash or hives, discontinue all medication and immediately contact this office.

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WARNING: DO NOT DRIVE OR OPERATE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT AFTER TAKING PAIN MEDICATION.

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SWELLING:

Apply an ice pack to the jaw IMMEDIATELY upon your return home, 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Continue icing for two days and then apply warm moist compresses for three days following, as this will increase comfort. Also, begin to exercise the jaw with simple, everyday movement.

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DIET:

For the first few hours after surgery, you may eat or drink cool, soft foods, such as, yogurt, milkshakes, pudding, etc. When the feeling returns, you may then add warmer, soft foods, such as: scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, pastas, etc. NO STRAWS for 48 hours after surgery.

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NAUSEA:

A carbonated drink (i.e. ginger ale) will usually terminate nausea. Follow this with tea or clear soup. If nausea continues, contact this office.

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ORAL HYGIENE:

The day following surgery, the mouth may be gently rinsed with warm tap water after each meal and at bedtime. BRUSH YOUR TEETH, but avoid the site of surgery for one day (the day of surgery). Smokers are advised NOT TO SMOKE for 24 hours after surgery. If an irrigation syringe was given to you, begin irrigating the lower sockets vigorously with warm water no sooner than 3 days after surgery. Areas will be tender the first few times – this is normal.

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     NOTE: IN CASE OF ANY ABNORMAL DISTURBANCE, CONTACT THIS OFFICE, 939-4242.

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Caring for your mouth after surgery has an important effect on healing. Swelling, Discomfort and Restricted Jaw Function are EXPECTED, and need not cause alarm. They may be minimized by following these instructions.