Post Operative Instructions
- Lips, teeth and tongue are numb due to anaesthesia after the surgical procedure. So avoid chewing until 1-2 hours after the procedure.
- Bite firmly on the gauze piece for about 45 minutes.
- Do not rinse forcefully for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not spit repeatedly. Swallow the saliva.
- Take medication as directed.
- Eat something cold an hour after the procedure.
- Drink lots of fluids and eat soft food after the procedure.
- Put a teaspoon of sugar in warm water and rinse with it for at least three times a day since the next day of the procedure.
- When you brush the next day avoid cleaning the area of extraction site.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold might be there which will come down gradually.
- If you feel you are not able to bite properly you can come again so that your bite can
- Avoid sticky (especially gums) and hard foods as they tend to dislodge the filling.
For Crowns and Bridges
- There might be soreness or sensitivity of gums which will come down gradually.
- It is important to brush normally and floss carefully.
- Do not bite on hard objects or chew sticky food.
- In some cases, the crown the bridge might come off. These can be re-cemented back into its place.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning.
- Do not spit, swallow your saliva.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Keep fingers and tongue away from the surgical site.
- You can apply a cold compress for first few hours to reduce the swelling.
- Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- While brushing the teeth avoid the surgical area.
- Avoid using mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
- Chew on the opposite side of treated area.
After Periodontal Surgery
- Do not eat anything until the numbness has worn off.
- Do not rinse vigorously, or drink through a straw.
- Eat soft and nutritious food. Avoid hot and spicy food.
- Do not use tobacco or drink alcohol.
- Slight bleeding is not unusual. If it continues, apply ice pack on the outside of your face and keep your head elevated using pillows while lying down.
- You need to visit the dentist in one week for removal of sutures.