ANESTHESIA WARNING: When a local anesthetic is used your lip, tongue and cheek will be numb for several hours after the procedure. During this period you must be careful not to bite, chew, pinch and/or scratch this area which can lead to discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. If long term numbness occurs, please contact our office.
BLEEDING: Minor bleeding is to be expected after surgery. It should subside within 1 or 2 hours, but some light bleeding is normal for several hours.
SWELLING: You can expect swelling to occur after surgery. Every patient is different, and can range from mild to severe. Be aware that swelling will continue for the first 24-48 hours and then it should start to decrease. Swelling may also last up to one week. There is also a chance that bruising may occur.
DIET: Immediately following surgery, cool food will feel most comfortable. You should maintain a diet of soft foods such as Jell-O, pudding, yogurt, Cream of Wheat, mashed potatoes, clear soups, cooked vegetables, soft chicken, etc. You should avoid crumbly foods such as chips, cookies, popcorn, crackers, nuts, raw vegetables, etc.
MEDICATIONS: If you were prescribed medication, make sure to take with a FULL glass of water and as directed on the bottle. Call us if you experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or cannot swallow your pills.
BRUSHING: It is important to keep your mouth clean to prevent infection and to promote healthy healing. To prevent removing any blood clots, do not brush directly on any surgical sites for the first 3-4 days. Instead this area can be gently and carefully wiped with a clean, wet gauze pad or cloth. After this time you may carefully and gently brush the areas.
1. Removable Prosthetics: After the first 24 hours be sure to remove nightly and soak in water. It is important to allow your tissues to rest in order to prevent further tissue irritation. Brush inside and outside of prosthetic with soft toothbrush and hand soap (toothpaste is too abrasive). Be careful not to drop your prosthetic. They will break!
2. Fixed Prosthetics: Brush prosthetics as normal teeth. Most toothpastes are too abrasive, but Sensodyne will work well for you. Use a soft toothbrush and a Waterpik to obtain the highest quality of oral care.
It is important that you continue a yearly maintenance cleaning to ensure that everything is in great working condition. Your dental professional will examine, check and extensively clean your prosthetics.