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Post-surgical Indications

Following the post-surgical indications recommended by your oral surgeon is a key factor in success of any oral surgery.

Below we give you, as a reference, a general list of indications.

We do not pretend to be a guide of what you need, the definitive indications must always be given by the doctor who performed the treatment.

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General Dental Post-surgical Indications

The instructions that you will receive are aimed at achieving a recovery in the shortest possible time, relieving discomfort and helping the healing processes.

This applies to procedures performed in oral surgery such as extraction of wisdom teeth, dental implant placement . Scaling and Root Planning, grafts.

In general you must:

  • Keep rest
  • Mitigate pain and inflammation
  • Prevent infections
  • Take actions that promote healing by maintaining the suture and the clot ( which is the body’s reaction to stop bleeding).

To promote Healing and Protect the Clot

  • If you were left with gauze to put pressure on the surgery site, keep it bitten for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the formation of the clot and the beginning of the healing process. If the gauze becomes congested, change it, put it in the same position, and bite on it for another 30 minutes.
  • The bleeding should decrease little by little, continue placing gauze in the meantime
  • If the bleeding is not controlled, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Speak the minimum necessary
  • Don’t use straws
  • Do not blow, kiss or suck.
  • Do not chew on the area of the surgery or exert force on it.
  • Avoid exposure to heat: hot foods, sun, cooking, hair dryers, saunas, etc.
  • Do not spit the blood, you can throw the clot. Try not to rinse hard.

Postural Measurements

  • The first 24 hours
    • Your head must be kept elevated, that is, you cannot bend down and lower your head, this can increase the pressure in the area of the surgery and cause bleeding.
    • To avoid night bleeding, sleep in a semi-recumbent position.
  • For 5 days:
    • Remain at relative rest, avoid exercise or physical exertion

About Inflammation and Pain

  • During the first 48 hours:
    • Apply ice on the outside of the operated area for 5 minutes and rest for 5 minutes and so on about 4 more times. This is repeated about 4 to 6 times a day
    • Eat cold liquid foods
  • After 48 hours:
    • Apply warm, moist compresses to the outside of the operated area for 20 minutes every hour until the swelling disappears.
  • Take medications as prescribed

About he suture

  • If you have a suture, make sure the stitches are always there. If you feel that one of them fell, notify your doctor immediately.

The Diet

  • For at least 7 days:
    • Eat a soft diet, initially cold, avoid hot foods or drinks.
    • Do not consume dairy, grains, rice, seeds, spicy, acidic or salty or alcoholic beverages.

About Hygiene

Maintain oral hygiene but brushing very carefully in the affected area.

Maybe they will prescribe you some antimicrobial rinse .

To rinse your mouth, just move your head from side to side, don’t swish.

Do not smoke during the entire healing period, which lasts from 10 days to 3 months depending on the procedure performed

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