If you experience anything more than minimal bleeding, place a folded piece of gauze over area and compress from outside the lip or cheek.
For the rest of the day of surgery, do not spit or drink with a straw. Any pressure or suction in your mouth may dislodge the blood clot.
Because you are not to spit or rinse the night after surgery, brush your teeth without toothpaste so that no rinsing is required.
Starting 24 hours following surgery, begin rinsing gently with warm salt water over the course of the day, especially after meals (1/2 tsp. of salt in 8 oz. warm water).
Avoid brushing the surgical area for approximately one week. After one week, begin brushing with the provided post-operative toothbrush. You may still floss daily.
Avoid any hot or spicy foods, as these may irritate the area.
Avoid any crunchy foods that can form small crumbs or any food that contains small seeds, as they can become lodged inside the surgical area and interrupt the healing process.
Apply vitamin E gently one to two times daily for the first week using a Q-tip.
Over-the-counter pain medication is typically sufficient to manage any discomfort. Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) usually works best. You may take 2 pills (400mg) every 4 hours or 3 pills (600mg) with food or milk every 6 hours.
If you have any problems or questions, please call the office. If you require attention after office hours, please follow the prompts on the answering machine to leave a personal message for the doctors. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.