Any oral surgery can be a good or bad experience, based on how you care for your mouth afterward. To avoid infections and swelling, here are a few things to keep in mind along with the specific instructions the Dental Assistant or Dr. French will give you.
Your swelling will greatly be determined by the type of surgery you have had, and you will be told how much to expect before you leave. It is common to see this in the cheeks, eyes, face and mouth. You won’t notice it at first, but the following two days after your procedure will show. Two homemade ice packs made of baggies with ice inside can be used on the outside of your face, only on the side you had your procedure on for the first day only. Around the 36 hour mark, a moistened rag under a heating pad will help decrease swelling. Stiffness and a little pain are normal. This should cause no alarm as it is your body’s normal reaction to trauma.
Bleeding is normal with any surgery, so is oozing and pink or red saliva. To minimize the bleeding, you can rinse your mouth with the recommended rinse and then bite down on a gauze pad for a half hour. You can repeat this as you feel is necessary. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can bite down on a tea bag. Wet down the tea bag and squeeze the extra water out of it. The acids in the tea will help to constrict the blood vessel, and cause a clot to form. If you are unable to get relief by using any of these means, call our office, and we will give you further instruction.
Along with any prescriptions you are given at the office, you can use 225 mg of Naproxen Sodium twice daily or 200 mg of Motrin four times a day. Avoid alcohol at all costs. If the pain persists, do not hesitate to give us a call.