Post Op Instructions   Post Op Instructions

Extraction and Periodontal Post Surgery Instructions

Please read and follow these instructions. They will make you more comfortable, promote healing, and prevent possible complications.
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- For 24 hours after surgery, eat only cool foods and liquids (see “Diet” below). 

- Start normal cleaning procedures on untreated teeth on the following day of surgery. Gentle rinses with warm salt water 3 to 4 times a day (1 teaspoon of salt to 8 oz. of water) starting 48 hours after surgery will aid in healing and help soothe the surgery site. 

- Some discomfort may occur when the local anesthesia wears off. If pain medication is prescribed, take as directed. Many times only 1 pain pill is necessary if taken while the anesthesia is still in effect. Some pain medications may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery so please read the directions and warnings carefully. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until they are all gone.

- If you have swelling or stiffness in your jaw after 24 hours, use moist heat to the outside of the cheek. Swelling could be present for 3 to 4 days. Apply an ice pack to the cheek. Biting down on a moist black tea bag will also help minimize bleeding. If bleeding persists after these instructions, please call the office.

- Surgical dressing (if placed) may become loose or break off. Do not be concerned unless it causes bleeding or pain.  

- No smoking. Tobacco is an irritant to healing tissue. Please refrain from smoking as long as possible, preferably for a week. Smoking after oral surgery is the leading cause of “Dry Socket”.  
Nausea is rare, but if it occurs, drink once ounce of clear carbonated soda (7-Up, Sprite, Ginger Ale) every hour for 5-6 hours. Avoid taking pain pills on an empty stomach as this can cause nausea.

- You may resume normal light activities. No heavy exercise, lifting or excessive activity.  

DIET

Drink plenty of fluids and do not skip meals. For the first 24 hours your diet should be soft cold foods such as:
  • Malts
  • Milk shakes
  • Fruit juices
  • Plain yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Custard/puddings
  • Milk
  • Instant breakfast drinks
  • Ice cream
  • Iced tea
  • Baby foods
  • Ensure
**No carbonated or alcoholic beverages

After 24 hours you may add more soft foods such as:

  • Blended fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Ground beef
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Soup
  • Cottage cheese
  • Clear sodas

Foods to AVOID for one week after oral surgery:

  • Popcorn
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts/seeds
  • All breads/crackers/pastries
  • Peanut butter
  • Candy and gum
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcoholic beverages

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at
(281) 440-1200

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