These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.
It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given a prescription for pain medication.
It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.
An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.
Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure and last for up to one week. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible.
A small amount of bleeding is normal. Biting on moist gauze helps stop the bleeding. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs please contact Dr. Lebowitz.
Do not rinse your mouth.
Elevate your head when lying down.
Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary.
Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes.
The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off, throw it in the garbage. You do not need another one.
Avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.
Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.
Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may use the mouthwash we provided and/or salt water rinses.
Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.
Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-497-GUMS (4867).