Surgical Post Operation Instructions
Discomfort Swelling, Bleeding, Heat and Cold
If no dressing is used, light brushing of the surgical area can be started after 72 hours. Flossing in the surgery area should be avoided. The biting surfaces of those teeth covered with a dressing may be brushed with a soft brush. Warm salt water rinses (quarter teaspoon salt per cup of water) may be used to gently rinse your mouth in the areas of the dressing after 24 hours. It is very important that the oral hygiene regime, as prescribed by your doctor, be followed after surgery.
Dressing and Sutures
- Do not chew in the area of the dressing.
- Do not use your toothbrush on the dressing.
- Do not at any time, vigorously rinse your mouth.
- Do not chew hard foods, but do eat a well-balanced soft diet.
- A surgical dressing protects the area of surgery and reduces discomfort. It is important that the dressing remain in place until your next appointment. If the dressing, or a portion of the dressing is lost during the first week following surgery, please telephone your doctor. The surgical dressing you have in your mouth will harden in approximately one-half hour. Do NOT rinse, drink, or eat during this time.
- Call your doctor if the swelling around your jaw increases; you have a fever, bleeding or numbness; or you have pain in jaw, mouth or sinuses that is unrelieved by your pain medications. If undue symptoms develop, call the office at (810) 687-5040 or (810) 640-5804