Dental Surgery Post Operation Care

Self Care Following Complex Dental Surgery

Complex Bone Grafting
Placement of Multiple Dental Implants
Wisdom Tooth Removal

The better you care for yourself over the next 48 to 96 hours, the more comfortable you will be and the faster you will recover. The following are things you can do that will make you more comfortable.

Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours.

Do not just go to bed or lie down and stay there. You will feel much better if you are up and around as much as possible.

Keep gauze packs in place over the surgery sites for the rest of the day. Some bleeding is expected. Gauze packs will control the bleeding and help control swelling if used as directed.

Keep ice packs against the side of your face for the first 48 hours after surgery. Use the ice as much as possible. Put a layer of towel between you and the ice. Pressure and cold will help control both swelling and pain.

After 48 hours use heat packs to reduce any swelling that has occurred. Exercising your jaw (chewing gum) after the first 48 hours also helps reduce swelling and muscular stiffness. Replace the heat packs when they get cold.

DO NOT SMOKE or use any tobacco products for the first 48 hours. Smoking is the most common cause of problems like ‘dry socket’.

Do not use a straw, forcefully spit or forcefully rinse your mouth for the first 48 hours.

Take your medication as directed. Medicate yourself to stay ahead of the pain. Take the first pain pill before the numbness wears off. Try to take different pills at different times to avoid nausea. Taking them at different times helps determine which pill causes nausea, etc. Notify the staff or your pharmacist if any prescription related problems occur. Most pain medications can cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery or ride a bicycle while taking pain medications. Antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of birth control medication. Additional methods of birth control should be used while on antibiotics.

Drink at least a quart of liquids each day. Dehydration will cause increased discomfort, swelling, nausea, and dizziness. Drink fluids like ice water, grape juice, sports drinks, or defizzed, clear sodas like 7-Up or Sprite. Avoid liquids with high acid content like orange juice, apple juice, and tomato juice and drinks containing caffeine. Both types can cause stomach upset especially in combination with medications.

Eat a soft diet for 48 hours. Soups, ice cream, sports drinks, or nutritional supplement drinks are fine. You must keep up your calorie intake to heal properly.