Care after surgical treatments

In order to help better promote healing after treatments that are surgical in nature we do ask all our patients to respect and take certain precautions. Please not that after surgical treatments, it is normal to experience a certain amount of discomfort and inflammation, which should gradually disappear within a few days.

The day of the Surgery

  • Keep the cotton gauze in place for 30 minutes while maintaining light but firm pressure, if bleeding persists after 30 minutes, repeat with new gauze.
  • Si l’écoulement sanguin persiste, répétez.
  • Apply ice to the cheeks for 10 minutes, repeating every hour.

To avoid

  • Rinsing your mouth or spitting because this can cause the surgical site to bleed or cause an increase in bleeding
  • Avoid drinking with a straw, because the suction creating from drinking through the straw can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing
  • Avoid eating before the bleeding has stopped
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Avoid eating hard or hot food and drink, opt instead for food and drinking that are soft and cold
  • Avoid brushing your teeth in the area of the surgical treatment for the first 72 hours
  • Avoid sleeping flat, it is best to keep your head elevated with 2-3 pillows
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity, it is best to relax and take it easy after your treatment!

Pain

  • In the first 24-72 hours, avoid taking Asprin for pain. We recommend taking Advil (Ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) or any of the other pain medication that the dentists may have prescribed for the pain.

Recommendations

  • The day after the surgery up until the site has healed, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water)
  • Keep up a healthy diet, if you are unable to chew make sure to stay hydrated by drinking fluids

Symptoms that may arise

  • Inflammation can be more pronounced around the second to third day after treatment, this should slowly subside in the days to follow
  • Bruises may appear on the skin and should disappear in five to seven days
  • You may taste blood in the first few days following treatment
  • You may have problems opening your mouth, this should be back to normal within four to five days
  • If you have been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take them for the entire period of time indicated, even if symptoms disappear. We only stop taking them if you start experiencing diarrhea.

If after a couple of days you are feeling well with no symptoms, you can return to your regular habits unless otherwise indicated and instructed by one of the dentists. Do not hesitate to call us at the office (450) 510-2323 if you are having persistent bleeding, pain, inflammation that has lasted longer than 2-3 days or if you have had a reaction to your medication.