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Post-Op Instructions

Post-Op Instructions

Post-Op Instructions

There are a number of dental conditions and issues that may require some form of invasive or surgical intervention that can be done at the dentist’s office. Some of these include tooth extraction, extraction site preservation with bone grafting, dental implants, and treatment for gum disease. After any of these interventions, it is very important that the patient carefully follow the post-operative instructions in order to prevent complications and relieve pain. After any dental surgery, there may be some swelling of the area, some soreness and tenderness, and a small amount of bleeding. You must be sure to let your dentist know if you have any medication allergies, as he or she is likely to prescribe medications for post-operative pain as well as prophylactic antibiotics.

What To Do After Surgery

Soft foods may be taken about an hour after surgery. Appropriate foods are soups, pasta, cottage cheese or yogurt. Take pain medication as prescribed before pain becomes severe so that you can keep it under control. Apply an ice pack to the jaw area near the surgical site, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Do this often during the first two to three post-operative days. Begin the salt water mouth rinses as prescribed on the day following surgery, as these aid in healing of the site. Begin brushing and flossing as usual on the day following surgery in all areas except the surgical area, which should only be brushed very gently. Report any abnormal conditions to your dentist, such as excessive bleeding or very severe pain and swelling.

What Not to Do After Surgery

After a dental surgery, it is important to avoid chewing on the side where the surgery was done. Hot liquids and foods should be avoided for the first hour after surgery so as not to dissolve sutures or dressings. Smoking is not recommended for at least two weeks after your surgery as it can jeopardize the healing process. Avoid excessively strenuous activity. Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication. Do not use any power flossing devices like water pik or similar for flossing and only brush with care the first day, avoiding the surgical site. If more than a small amount of bleeding occurs, do not rinse the mouth, but instead elevate the head while lying down. Apply gauze and pressure for twenty minutes. You can repeat this once or twice if needed, but if the bleeding continues, you must call the dental office.

Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Dental Implant and Periodontic Dentist Today

If you have a dental condition that may require surgery, call to schedule an appointment with a California dental implant and periodontic dentist today. The iSmile Dental Spa offers you state-of-the-art surgical treatment for a full range of dental problems and will guide you through the post-operative period as well. Our skilled dental professionals will diagnose and treat your issues with compassion and care, empowering you to make the best decisions about your treatment plan. We serve Carmichael, Arden-Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, North Highlands and surrounding communities. Check out our website at ismiledentalspa.com or give us a call at 916-979-7122 and speak with our dental implant and periodontic dental staff today.

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