Bleeding: Bite Down firmly on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical areas for 30 to 45 minutes. If active bleeding persists, place a fresh moistened gauze over the surgical site and bite down with firm pressure for another 30 minutes. Intermittent bleeding or oozing is normal on the day of surgery as well as the next day. If bleeding persists or becomes heavy, you should repeat this procedure. You may substitute the gauze with a tea bag that has been moistened in warm water. If bleeding still remains uncontrolled, call the office.
Do not rinse, spit or brush your teeth today.
Hygiene: Tomorrow, you can brush your teeth, but avoid the surgical area itself for a few days. Make every effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort. You should begin to rinse your mouth gently at least 3 or 4 times a day with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. of salt per 8 oz. water). Mouthwash can be used, but should be diluted with water to ¼ strength.
Swelling: To help minimize swelling, cold packs or an ice bag wrapped in a towel should be applied firmly to the face or cheek on and off every 30 minutes during the first 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours, warm humid compresses are more appropriate.
Diet: Avoid hot (“cool/cold/warm is o.k”), spicy or acidic foods for several days, and restrict yourself to a soft diet. Today you are to drink plenty of clear liquids such as water, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, and clear soup broth. Jell-O, pudding are o.k., and later today you can eat very soft food such as mashed potato, macaroni-and-cheese, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, cream-of-wheat. Do not use a straw. Tomorrow you should confine your diet to creamed soup, pudding, yogurt, milk shakes, custard, pasta, cooked vegetables and the soft foods described before. Over the next several days you can progress to more solid foods at your own pace. Avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, chips, popcorn, etc., that may get lodged in the socket area.
Medications: Take the prescribed pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off. Take all medications as directed. Nausea is sometimes caused by pain medication. This can be reduced by preceding each pill with a small amount of soft food, then taking the pill with a large volume of water. If any repeated or prolonged vomiting, please call the office.
Do not smoke for at least 72 hours (3 days), it is detrimental to healing.
Should you experience any unusual side effects or have questions about your progress, please call the office during the day at 371-0636, or any other time for instructions on how to reach Dr Sorel.