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Post-Operative Surgical Instructions
Take all prescribed medications as directed. Finish ALL antibiotics and medications prescribed for healing. Pain medications should be taken as needed. (Anaprox, Arnica, Motrin, Medrol Dose Pack)
Medications for Discomfort (analgesics)
Over the counter medications:
Take up to 1000mg every 6 hours, but less if effective
Trade names include Tylenol, Panedol
Take up to 800mg every 6 hours, but less if effective
Trade names include Advil, Nuprin, Motrin
Take up to 550mg every 12 hours, but less if effective
Trade name is Aleve
Acetaminophen is only a pain medication and will not reduce inflammation or swelling, but will not interfere with bleeding or anti-coagulants. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are both anti-inflammatories and pain medications but may interfere with bleeding and anti-coagulants. Discuss the best medications with your doctor.
Often combining acetaminophen with an anti-inflammatory (1/2 strength dose of each) is a very effective way to stay comfortable and avoid side effects. Again, discuss this with your doctor.
If significant discomfort is anticipated, you might be prescribed stronger analgesic medications:
Hydrocone (sold combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
Trade name Norco, Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Vicoprofen
Oxycodone (sold combined with acetaminophen)
Trade name Percocet
Trade name Nucynta, used for patients with opioid problems
Trade name Ultram
Can be habit-forming
Trade name Toradol
Often used by injection into the surgical site or in muscle or IV
Available as inhaled version called Sprix
Occasionally also prescribed for follow up in pill form for oral use
Trade name Dolobid
Swelling is normal for up to 1 week post procedure, peaking at 2 to 3 days and especially in the early morning.
First One to Two Days: Apply ice pack 20 minutes on/ 20 minutes off
Third Day: Apply heat pack 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
Sleep on 2 pillows to elevate head if you have significant swelling
Light bleeding (oozing) from the surgical area may occur for up to 48 hours post-surgery.
Control by applying pressure with moist gauze or a wet tea bag for minimum of 30 minutes.
Diet Post-Dental Surgery
All soft foods for 2 weeks post-procedure. Do NOT eat hard, crunchy, fried or spicy foods along with small seeds, pretzels, crust, chips, peanuts, popcorn, sesame seeds, kiwi seeds, cereal, bread, pizza, candy, rice, nuts, gum, nachos, steak, wings, sausage, etc.
Eat soft foods such as yogurt or cottage cheese, soup, well-cooked veggies, soft bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pudding or gelatin, sorbet, oatmeal, pasta, eggs, applesauce, bananas, protein shakes and fish.
All soft foods for 4 weeks following Immediate Load/TeethToday®/All-On-4™, PROARCH®
Post-Surgery Oral Hygiene Instructions
Do NOT brush or floss the area for 2 weeks. Okay to clean other teeth
Use a Q-tip dipped in Peridex (0.12% Chlorhexidine) to very gently swab surgical site for the first 2 weeks
After 24 hours, resume rinsing with Peridex 2X a day until completed. Okay to rinse with warm salt water in between
Sinus Instructions (Sinus Grafting Procedures)
Avoid bending over, nose blowing and suppressing a sneeze for 2 weeks
Slight nose bleeds are normal for up to 2 weeks
Small bone particles may be found in the mouth in the morning, they are normal
Periodontal Dressing (used occasionally)
Do not drink hot liquids for 24 hours after surgery. When/if dressing falls off, use a Q-tip dipped in Peridex and gently swab the area. If the dressing becomes loose, simply remove it, do not try to push back in place, this will irritate the tissue.
Avoid the Following for 24 Hours Post-Surgery:
Spitting out with force and/or drinking from a straw
Anything hot (food or drinks)
Avoid the Following for 3-5 Days Post-Surgery:
Eating small seeds, crunchy foods, anything that could get stuck under the gums