The following information has been provided to you to help make your recovery from surgery as easy as possible. Please read them carefully. BLEEDING: Normal oozing may occur for up to 24 hours or more following surgery and is controlled by firm biting pressure on several gauze pads placed over the tooth socket. We have placed gauze pads, which should remain, in place for 1 hour. Should you begin bleeding again, place new gauze pads and hold them in place for another hour. If bleeding is brisk and fills your mouth quickly, please call our office immediately. SWELLING: Swelling and sometimes bruising is common after surgery. The maximum swelling, pain and jaw stiffness normally occur 2 to 3 days after the surgery. Apply ice packs fifteen minutes on, then fifteen minutes off until bedtime the day of surgery to minimize swelling. Keeping your head elevated will also help to reduce swelling. Moist heat may be applied after 36 hours to help reduce jaw soreness and swelling. INFECTION: If you were given an antibiotic, be sure to take it until it is gone or as directed. If swelling, discomfort, fever, a foul taste or difficulty swallowing develops 3 to 4 days after surgery, contact our office. You may be developing a dry socket. PAIN The greatest amount of discomfort is in the first 24 hours after surgery. If pain intensifies after 3-4 days, please call us. Never take pain medication on an empty stomach. Take one pain tablet immediately after you receive your prescription. If itching or a rash develops stop taking all medications and contact our office immediately.

NUTRITION: It is essential to maintain good nutrition following surgery. Eat a lukewarm soft diet the day of surgery. Meal replacements such as Ensure are excellent for maintaining proper nutritional balance. Drink plenty of water. Do not drink through a straw. Remember, the better your nutrition, the faster you will heal. MOUTH CARE Do not rinse or smoke for 24 hours following surgery. The day after surgery, rinse gently with a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of salt 5 times a day for at least a week. Brush and floss your other teeth normally the day following your surgery. SINUS CARE: If you have had surgery involving your sinus, it is important that you follow these additional instructions: Do not sneeze or cough. If you must do either of these, keep your mouth open and covered. Do not blow your nose IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL

SUGGESTED FOOD ITEMS FOR DAY OF SURGERY:

  • Beverages NO HOT FOODS OR HOT BEVERAGES Water Iced Tea Milk Miscellaneous:
  • Ensure Milk Shake – no straw
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding
  • Pasta
  • cold Yogurt

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK FOR 2 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY: Spicy foods Juices Chips Popcorn Carbonated drinks.

SUGGESTED FOOD ITEMS FOLLOWING DAY AFTER SURGERY
Canned Foods:

  • Chopped Mixed Greens
  • Various Beans or Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Soup
  • Cream Corn

Bread:

  • Rolls
  • Honey/Wheat w/crust broken off
  • Soft Bread

Meats:

  • Sliced Smoked
  • Turkey Breast Sliced
  • Baked Ham
  • Fish Fillets
  • Baked Hamburger
  • Meatloaf

Breakfast Foods:

  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereals

Beverages:

  • No Carbonated Drinks – NO STRAWS
  • Water
  • Iced Tea (no lemon)
  • Hot Tea
  • Skim Milk
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Ovaltine
  • Chocolate Malt
  • Coffee

Miscellaneous:

  • Ice cream without small pieces or toppings
  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding Snacks