- Keep firm, gentle, constant pressure on your gauze for 45-60 minutes. If the bleeding has not stopped, gently clean mouth and place a moist gauze pad over the surgical area for 30-45 minutes longer. Keep in mind that you will have slight bleeding over the first 24 hours. You do not need a gauze pad in place because of oozing, use a damp paper towel to blot this out. Do not spit or use a straw during the first 24 hours, violent motions may disturb the forming blood clot.
- If active bleeding persists, you may moisten a tea bag wrapped in gauze, squeeze out excess water, and place directly over the cleaned surgical site. Keep constant, gentle pressure on the bag for at least 60 minutes. You should clean the mouth with cool water or a moist paper towel, then immediately place the pack. If bleeding is still not controlled, call the office.
- Use an ice pack on the outside of the face over the surgical site for 24-72 hours after surgery. This will help relieve discomfort and minimize swelling.
- Use your pain medication and all the other prescribed medications as directed. Do not take pain medications on an empty stomach. There is no need to take these medications unless you have pain.
- Eating and drinking: During the first 24 hours avoid extremely hot, crunchy, or hard foods. While you are still numb, nothing with chunks in it-smooth and creamy foods. Early diet suggestions include: Yogurt, pudding, instant breakfast, and milkshakes. When the feeling has returned, you may have normal soft foods: casseroles, stews, cooked vegetables, rice, and noodles. No sharp, crispy, or crunchy foods until we evaluate healing. Proper nutrition is important for healing.
- Oral hygiene: For the first 24 hours use cool water for rinsing. After 24 hours, you may start rinsing with Peridex (chlorhexidine) twice a day and warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day. When the numbness is gone, you may gently brush up to, but not on the surgical site(s).
- The first 72 hours: Do not sip through a straw; minimal alcohol; no commercial mouthwashes; no use of tobacco products. All of these can disturb healing with increased risk of bleeding and discomfort.
- If you have any questions or problems, please call the office, 940-696-2002.