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Burwood, NSW 2134

Post-operative Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Food Suggestions

Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 24 hours following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended.

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.

Antibiotics

An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed by your specialist and pharmacist.

Swelling

Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase two to three days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the first few hours after surgery.

Bleeding

A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Elevate your head when lying down.
  • Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes, repeat if necessary.
  • Call the practice if bleeding persists.

Dressing

The dressing (which acts as a bandage) may be used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for advice.

Diet

Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 24 hours following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.

Smoking

Do not smoke for as long as possible following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.

Alcohol

Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hrs following surgery and while taking prescription pain medications.

Rinsing

Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may use a mild, diluted mouthwash. Repeat as necessary to help keep the area clean.

Brushing

Do not brush the surgical site for at least 10 days. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.

Suture Removal

You may notice increased discomfort three to four days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. In most cases, sutures used are dissolvable. If we use sutures that are not dissolvable, they will be removed at the post-operative check visit.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (02) 9744 7221

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