Postoperative Instructions – Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is necessary when a more complex approach is required, often involving incisions to tissue and sutures. This type of treatment includes extracting impacted teeth, extracting wisdom teeth, root-end filing (apicoectomy), and other similar procedures.

Potential Side Effects

Pain, swelling and sensitivity around the surgical site, limited ability to open mouth, and temporary loss of sensation around the surgical area (rare).

What to Avoid?

  • To avoid excessive bleeding, it is recommended that you refrain from rinsing your mouth all day, even if there are remnants of blood in your saliva.
  • Avoid drinking and eating for the first two hours after surgery, and later that day – avoid eating hot food. It is recommended that you only eat cold, soft foods.

Alleviating Pain

  • During the first hour after the procedure, apply an ice pack around the surgical site intermittently (apply for 15 minutes, remove for 15 minutes).
  • Take a pain reliever as instructed by your doctor.
  • Do not brush the treated area until all pain subsides.
  • If you experience bleeding from the treated area, apply pressure using a gauze pad or teabag for 20 minutes.
  • Limit physical activity to a minimum for the first two days after the procedure.
  • If your procedure was performed using sutures that are not dissolvable, you must make an appointment to see your doctor 7 – 10 days after the procedure to have the sutures taken out.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • 24 hours after the procedure, start rinsing your mouth with tepid saltwater 5-6 times a day (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of tepid water).
  • If you do not regain sensation within a few hours or the bleeding does not stop, contact the clinic immediately.

If you have any other questions, we will be more than happy to help – just ask your doctor, the clinic director or the clinic’s customer service manager.

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Wishing you a quick recovery!

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