It is essential for the early healing process that the following directions are observed during the first two weeks after the operation:
-:- Head Position
If possible, an elevated head rest (an extra pillow) should be used during the first two nights postoperatively to reduce swelling in the operated areas.
-:- Ice Packs
Apply an ice pack to the outside of the face over the surgical site to reduce swelling. Leave the pack on for 20 minutes, then off for ten minutes. This can be repeated up to 24 hours to help reduce swelling, pain and bleeding.
First six days: A soft diet only. This is to avoid inadvertent food particles contaminating the wound. Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages should be avoided during this time period.
-:- Post-Op Bleeding
Should any oozing of blood occur in the operated jaw, it may usually be stopped by softly biting down for 30 minutes on a roll of gauze dressing soaked in salt water solution. Please repeat this process two to three times until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop, you should contact us immediately.
-:- Mouth Rinsing
After 24 hours, the mouth should be gently rinsed after each meal with a salt-water solution. Dissolve one-half teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Specific mouth rinses or other disinfectants should not be used, unless prescribed by your surgeon.
Old dentures may not be worn until refitting adjustments (relining) have been made. Insertion of dentures too early may jeopardize a successful healing process.
Avoid any activity or sport which might expose you to a blow to the mouth or jaw.
Pain medication (Vicodin, Lortabs, etc.): Take one when you arrive at home. Avoid taking aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds one week prior to and one week after surgery.
CAUTION: Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery while on pain medication.
PLEASE REPORT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TO THE OFFICE:
1. Excessive bleeding.
2. Any unusual drainage or pus from mouth.
3. Any itching, rash, or reaction to any of the medications.
4. Temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are in doubt or there is any sign whatsoever of a disorder related to the healing of the implant and/or bone grafted areas, please contact us at (415) 401-7380.