Pre op instructions:

  1. Have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours before your appointment. This includes solid foods or liquids, including water in small amounts.
  2. An adult escort must accompany you to the office, stay with you while you are here and drive you home. They will be asked to sit in the recovery room after your surgery. If possible avoid bringing small children who cannot be left unattended.
  3. Dress in a top with loose or short sleeves so we can measure blood pressure, etc.
  4. If the doctor has instructed you to take medication before your surgery you may take this medication with a small amount of water.
  5. Please turn off cell phones or leave them at home.
Post op instructions:
    Smoking will cause increase in pain and a longer recovery time
  2. Rest at home for 24 to 48 hours following surgery. Strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided until the fourth or fifth postoperative day.
  3. You may have liquids as soon as you get home. Do not drink through a straw. One hour after liquids you may start soft foods. Remain on soft foods throughout the first several days.
  4. Pain medicine may be started after you have begun soft foods. Continue to take pain medicine as directed with food. Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed while using pain medicine. Your pain medicine may be supplemented with Advil.
  5. Brush your teeth the night of your surgery. The next day, along with brushing, rinse with warm salt water rinses.
  6. Swelling is normal. Swelling usually peaks the 3rd day after surgery and then will decrease. Ice compresses should be used externally 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off 24 hours after your surgery.
  7. The gauze we placed in your month may be removed when you get home. Oozing of blood is normal following surgery. You may place a gauze pad over the extraction site and close firmly for 1 hour, then remove the gauze. Repeat if necessary. When bleeding occurs elevate head, avoid hot liquids and limit activities. Repeated spitting and rinsing causes increased bleeding.
  8. During the healing period, small sharp bone fragments may loosen and work through the gum. These are not roots and usually work out on their own.
  9. Tightness of the muscles called TRISMUS may cause difficulty in opening the mouth following removal of teeth. Return of normal opening generally occurs 1-2 weeks after surgery.


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