POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Although your initial recovery period is over, we have listed a few guidelines for you to follow. If you have any questions or concerns after your procedure please call our office. 513-932-9991

(Note: 1 and 2 below apply only for IV/General Anesthesia)
1. ACTIVITY: Since you may experience some intermittent light-headedness for the next few hours, we suggest that you plan on bedrest or quiet relaxation for the rest of the day. You should have someone stay with you for a few hours. Drink plenty of fluids andadvanceto a soft diet as tolerated.
2. DO NOT DRIVE A CAR or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
3. BLEEDING: Some bleeding is expected following tooth extractions. Intermittent bleeding or oozing overnight is not unusual. If bleeding excessive:
a. Place 2 pieces of gauze over the area and bite firmly for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Repeat if necessary.
b. Place a tea bag that was soaked in water, squeezed dry and wrapped, over the area for 30 minutes.
c. Keep ice to cheeks.
4. SWELLING: Hold ice to the cheek area for 20 minutes on 20 minutes off. Swelling can actually increase the second to third day post operatively.
5. PAIN CONTROL: Take the pain prescription as directed. In addition, take Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) 600-800mg four times per day for at least three days. Please eat prior to taking any pain medicine. For mild to moderate pain; Tylenol may be taken instead of the prescription, but NOT at the same time. One OR the other. Ibuprofen can be taken with either the prescription or Tylenol.
6. DIET: Keep foods soft and cool: ice cream, pudding, applesauce, jell-o, yogurt etc, for thefirst day. Room temperature foods by the 2nd day. NO hot liquids. NO drinking straws.
7. MOUTH CARE: Good mouth care is important. You can start brushing lightly the day of surgery. Use salt water rinse starting the night of your surgery and then three times a dayfor a week to help with healing. If you were given a small bottle of PeriRx mouth rinse use as directed starting the morning after your surgery. Use three times a day until gone.
8. For lower extractions (only)you will be given an empty syringe. On the fourth day post operatively you may fill the syringe with warm salt water, dip the tip of the syringe into the site and flush the food debris. You will use this a few times a day over the next few weeks, until the area closes.
9. If you develop any fever, chills, uncontrolled bleeding or pain please call the office immediately.

After Placement of Dental Implants

Follow POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS above and:

1. Do not chew over implant until fully restored. This will be about 4 to 6 months.
2. Gauze may not be needed for bleeding after implant cases, bleeding is usually minimal.
3. You will need a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after your surgery.
4. Over-the-counter painmedication may be all you need after your procedure. Tylenol may be taken instead of the prescription, but NOT at the same time. One OR the other. Ibuprofen can be taken with either the prescription or Tylenol.
5. You will be given a prescription for an antibiotic, this is to protect the implant while it heals, please take this until gone.

After Placement of a Bone graft

Follow POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS above and:

1. Bite on gauze for the first hour after surgery before removing. This will help the blood clot and the bone graft come together.
2. The bone graft is a granular substance almost like sand. You may feel a gritty material in your mouth after surgery, this is normal. We over bulk the site to allow for some to escape here and there, this is also perfectly normal. The material is safe to swallow.
3. You will be given a prescription for an antibiotic, this is to protect the bone graft while it heals, please take this until gone.
4. You will need a follow-up appointment 2-3 months after your surgery.

After placement of an Immediate Denture

Follow POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS above and:

1. Keep denture if for the first 3 days. Swelling over night can prohibit you from getting your denture back in place. After the first 3 days resume normal denture care as directed by your general dentist.
2. Gauze should be placed between the dentures or the denture and remaining teeth to help stop bleeding.
3. A follow-up appointment should be made with your general dentist after your surgery, usually within one week.