Follow these post operative instructions for an extraction, implant and/or bone graft to speed healing. After surgery, it is normal to experience some soreness for a day or two following treatment.
Some slight bleeding after treatment is normal. However, if excessive bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure with a moist gauze pad or tea bag for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, call the office for further instructions.
For the first 48 hours place ice packs on your face on an intermittent basis near the area of surgery. This will reduce the initial swelling and make you feel more comfortable.
Avoid brushing or chewing in the treated areas. 48 hours after the procedure, use salt water rinses 3 to 4 times a day:
Eat soft food only, until you can chew without difficulty. Try cold cream soups, gelatin, ice cream, yogurt, or apple sauce. Do not drink liquids through a straw as the suction may damage the treated areas.
Follow directions on all medications carefully and fully. Continue to take all medications for the indicated length of time, even if symptoms are reduced.
Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours after treatment.
Do not smoke for 2 weeks following surgery. We strongly recommend you stop smoking permanently. Smoking compromises the healing of any dental treatment.
Do not worry if you have strings in your mouth also known as sutures. They are placed to control bleeding, aid in healing, and prevent food from collecting in the area. The sutures usually dissolve within 3-14 days and may not need removal.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 770.368.9159 if you have any questions or concerns.