1 - For the next four hours:
Place an ice pack near the area of surgery - 10 minutes on - 10 minutes off. Continue to use if you have swelling.
2 - Rinsing :
DO NOT rinse your mouth the day of surgery. Tomorrow, if your mouth is sore, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. (1 level teaspoon of salt in 6-8 oz. glass of warm water.)
3 - Medication :
ANTIBIOTIC - Take as directed until finished. Take either one hour before or after meals and before bedtime.
PAIN - Many people need only Tylenol for discomfort. DO NOT take any products containing aspirin as this can cause bleeding. If you take narcotic, DO NOT DRIVE since this can cause dizziness, or nausea. Take every 4-6 hours as needed for pain.
4 - Swelling : Some swelling and discoloration can be expected. The next day, a hot wet towel should be applied to the swollen area. Swelling can take several days to disappear.
5 - Bleeding :
Some slight bleeding may occur. Your saliva may be discolored. If bleeding persists, place a wet tea bag to the area and apply pressure for 20-30 minutes.
6 - Oral Hygiene :
Continue all home care procedures except in the area of the surgery.
7 - Dressing :
This is to protect the surgical area. Try to avoid chewing on this area. Some pieces may break off and you should not be concerned unless it results in pain or irritation.
8 - Diet :
Avoid very hot, cold, or spicy foods.
9 - Normal Routine :
Avoid excessive exertion doing normal daily activities. Sleep with your head elevated on a few pillows.
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