Instructions Following Surgery

Our team has a personal, professional, and ethical responsibility to care for your health to the best of our ability.  If you can not or do not adhere to our treatment recommendations, we will not be able to continue treating you in good conscience.  Our policy is to make your experience in our office an exceptional one. 

Please take time to read the following information due to the fact they will promote healing and prevent complications:

  • Apply ice pack for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the remainder of the day.  The provided ice pack will last for 4 to 5 hours.  Please prepare ice packs as needed.  This will minimize or prevent swelling and/or bruising.
  • Do not apply ice pack the next day.
  • Do not brush your teeth the day of the surgery.  Only gentle rinsing with mouth rinse is allowed.
  • Starting on day 2, rinse your mouth at least 3 times especially after meals.  You can brush freely, except the surgical site.
  • Do not smoke, consume alcoholic beverages or drink through a straw for the next 3 days.
  • If allowed, take 600mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours for the next 2-3 days.  Adding 1000mg of Tylenol every 6 hours will dramatically increase the analgesic effect.
  • In case of bleeding, use a wet tea bag to apply tight pressure on the treated area for 5-10 minutes.

We do understand that emergencies occur; it is our goal to eliminate all of the potential dental emergencies you may have by providing care for you before it becomes a problem.  In the rare instance that you do have an emergency, we want you to be assured that we will take care of you.  A true emergency is defined as the following:  swelling, bleeding, or severe pain that has kept you up at night or requires medication.  If you have any of these symptoms, we ask that you call us right away.  We will provide you with the next available emergency appointment.    

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