- Apply firm pressure to gauze for 30-60 minutes
- Keep ice pack on face for 1 hour (it aids in reducing swelling and bruising that may occur)
- DO NOT eat any foods or drink any fluids that are hot while you are numb (you can burn your tissue and not know it)
- Keep your head elevated for the first 24 hours – an extra pillow under your head when sleeping
- No bending, heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 72 hours
- No foods that contain seeds (ex: strawberries, tomatoes…)
- Soft foods. Nothing hard, crunchy, sticky, chewy, (ex: popcorn, taffy, chewing gum…)
- Cut your food into small pieces and chew on the opposite side of surgical site
- No spitting, drinking though a straw, or smoking for 72 hours
- Do not brush or floss at surgical site. You may gently wipe plaque away on teeth with your finger. Stay away from sutures and gum tissue. You may continue your brushing and flossing at non-surgical areas.
- Warm salt water rinses as often as you can after the first 12 hours: Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water and gently swish
- After 72 hours, you may rinse with a diluted mouthwash
- Take antibiotics and pain relievers as prescribed. Be sure to have food in your stomach for the medications are known to cause upset.
YOU MAY EXPERIENCE: Some swelling, discomfort, bloody taste in your mouth. This is normal. Excessive bleeding is not. Should you experience this, do not panic. Apply pressure with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag for 10 minutes to minimize bleeding. If bleeding does not stop after trying this twice, you will need to call us. Otherwise, we will see you to remove your sutures.
If you have any concerns, feel free to call us at (716) 362-4800