Apply cold compresses to outside of face in the area of the surgery — 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off — for the first 24 hours. It is not unusual to have post-operative swelling. If swelling does occur, it should begin to decrease after the third day.
If prescribed antibiotics, take as directed until all medication is consumed. Take all prescribed medications as directed on the prescription bottle. If any questions arise, please call the office.
Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. If given any prescribed rinses, begin use after the first 24 hours & continue until recommended to stop by the doctor.
For the first 24 hours, eat soft cool foods that can be easily chewed or swallowed. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or liquids (coffee, soup, tea).
Some swelling should be expected. It may reach its maximum within 48-72 hours, at which time it will begin to subside.
Do not raise your lip or pull on the cheek to look at the surgical site. This might tear the sutures.
A little bleeding or oozing is normal after the surgery. If in doubt or worried, place a wet teabag against the area for 20 minutes or longer. If bleeding continues, please call the office immediately.
Avoid brushing and flossing for the first 5 days around the surgical area. After 5 days, brush and floss very delicately around the surgical site trying to stay on the teeth only.
Do not smoke for one week and avoid consuming alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. These actions may disrupt and delay healing.
Follow any additional instructions given by the doctor.