It is common that patients might have swelling and discomfort after any surgical procedure.
DISCOMFORT-For mild discomfort take a non-aspirin pain killer such as Tylenol or Advil. Avoid aspirin post operatively to avoid bleeding.
SWELLING- Keep ice on the area 5 minutes on 20 minutes off-when you get home. Do this for the first 3-4 hours. Try to elevate your head the first few nights following surgery.
DIET- Your diet should be soft for the first 24 hours. Drink a lot of liquids for the first few days following surgery. Avoid grains, spicy and crunchy foods for the first week ie. french bread, potato chips, rice, nuts etc.
BLEEDING- It’s not unusual to see some oozing after surgery. Just blot it with gauze. If you are out of gauze, moisten a tea bag and apply pressure for 5 minutes. Take it easy for the rest of the day-avoid overexerting yourself.
AVOID- Spitting, drinking through a straw and SMOKING for the first week. These will increase the potential for bleeding. Avoid alcohol and long exposure to the sun for the first week.
ORAL HYGIENE- Avoid brushing the area today. You can clean the area with wet gauze wrapped around your finger. Tomorrow you may begin light brushing and flossing. The cleaner the area is kept the quicker it will heal.
RINSING- If you were given a prescription rinse, rinse with one capful in the morning and one in the evening for 1 minute. Gently disperse the rinse within your mouth so you do not extend the tissues.