Instructions and suggestions for patients following oral surgery

Some pain and swelling is to be expected. You can reduce discomfort and help healing by adopting the following measures:

  • Apply covered ice packs to the side of the face for at least six hours post operatively (the longer the better). Initially sucking ice cubes or sipping iced water are the best oral fluid.
  • Should there be any bleeding, take the gauze pad supplied, place over the bleeding area and apply firm pressure for at least 20 minutes.
  • Take the antibiotics as prescribed. Yoghurt taken twice daily at least two hours after the antibiotics, may reduce gastric symptoms. It is important to note that antibiotics can also reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
  • Take the analgesics (painkillers) as instructed. Parcetamol/Codine based analgesics are most appropriate. Aviod NSAID’s (eg Ibuprofen)
  • Rest, but do not lie flat – prop yourself up with pillow into a semi-sitting position in bed for at least 24/48 hours (protect any bed linen as it may become contaminated with saliva).
  • A liquid to soft puree diet is required for the first 5-7 days. It is important to have plenty of fluids e.g. fruit juices, sweetened milk drinks, Sustagen, Complan or Ensure (available from your chemist), can provide a complete liquid diet.
  • Should you feel sick, stop all food and drink and sip only flat lemonade until the sick feeling passes. Gradually resume eating with a bland diet. (e.g. SAO biscuits, rice)
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke during the healing period.
  • Salt-water mouthwashes should commence the day following surgery. Use one teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm water – rinse the mouth out vigorously and force the water between the gums and teeth and around the operation site several times. Continue for one week as often as possible. Cleaning the mouth is most important to minimise the possibility of infection occurring.
  • Following food, clean teeth, gum and tongue with a small toothbrush and toothpaste. This is to be carried out on waking, after meal and before retiring at night. This will causse some discomfort for a while, but you will have clean mouth and this prevents bad breath and infection. 5ml of 0.2% chlorhexidine (Savacol from your chemist) mixed with 5 ml of water can be used three times daily after meals to complement brushing and salty mouthwash.
  • Medical certificates can be provided at the post-operative appointment.

If any problems arise from the surgery or medication please contact the dentist on 9692 8900.