If you notice any bleeding more substantial than normal oozing, apply light pressure to the area with gauze.
Oozing of blood is normal. You may wish to place a towel over your pillow the night after surgery. Note: pink or orange saliva usually signifies a small amount of blood mixed with a larger amount of saliva.
If you had tissue taken from the roof of your mouth, wear the provided pressure tray except when eating or brushing non-surgical areas for 48 hours.
Wet a cotton swab with Peridex or other prescribed rinse and lightly apply to surgical area in morning and night.
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).
Do not brush the surgical area for 1 week. After one week you may begin to brush the surgical area very softly with the provided post-operative toothbrush. Continue to use the post-operative toothbrush for 6 weeks.
Do not floss in the surgical area for 1 week. After one week you may begin to floss gently.
Do not smoke. The longer the better, but at least 24 hours.
Avoid any hot or spicy foods for 24 hours, as these may irritate the gums.
Avoid any crunchy foods that can form small crumbs or any food that contains small seeds, as they can become lodged inside the surgical site and interrupt the healing process.
Avoid any unnecessary movement of the lip or cheek near the area of surgery. This may cause the wound to open up and cause complications.
Take pain medication as prescribed if needed. Ibuprofen can be alternated at 3 hour intervals with Tylenol #3, Vicodin, or Percocet if either alone is insufficient.
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.