Bruce Apfelbaum, D.M.D.
Main Line 
Quality Dentistry since 1976
Bryn Mawr , Pa.  19010

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  Oral Surgery Post - Op Instructions


THE PROPER WAY TO CARE FOR THE MOUTH AFTER TOOTH REMOVAL AND/ OR ORAL SURGERY

Postoperative care is most important to hasten healing and recovery. Please expect some swelling, stiffness and discomfort, but if the problems become excessive, call our office.

DAY OF

For minor bleeding, make a gauze pack using 2 pieces folded into quarters, bite on the pack for 15-20 minutes using constant pressure.  It will be necessary to change this pack 2-3 times.  Expect some oozing and discoloration of saliva for the next 24 hours [This is not bleeding].  If bleeding recurs, control with additional gauze packs.  If you run out of gauze use a moist tea bag [it contains Tannic acid that has antibacterial & astringent properties].  If bleeding becomes excessive, please contact us. 

For swelling and pain, place an ice pack (on face) over the area--- 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off--- only useful in the first 24-36 hours. 

For pain, use medication as prescribed, avoiding driving or operating hazardous machinery.  If medication was not prescribed, take 2 aspirin or Tylenol every 3-4 hours as needed.  Apply Vaseline to lips if they are irritated. 

Drink liquids only until the anesthetic wears off.  Through the first day, stick to a soft diet and drink plenty of fluids.  Use common sense here.

Avoid vigorous rinsing or sucking in the area of the wound.  Do not suck through a straw.  A clot is forming which will turn to fibrous tissue and then to bone.  This clot must not be disturbed.  Smoking could disturb this process & cause a painful dry socket that will require addition treatment. 

FROM THE SECOND DAY UNTIL HEALING IS COMPLETED:

Return to a normal diet, as you feel better.

Resume normal oral hygiene procedures.  Rinse gently with warm salt water (a pinch of salt in a glass of water) 4-5 times daily to promote healing and to keep the area clean.  Gingerly brush the area until the sutures have been removed.

Call our office if you have a question or problem. 


             
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101 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 230

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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