POST OPERATIVE CARE
WHAT TO DO
- Avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid any unnecessary lifting.
- Apply an ice bag to the face over the surgical site alternating every ten minutes. Continue the applications for six hours on the day of surgery only. This will minimize swelling and discoloration. Do not use ice after the first day.
- During the first day use foods that will not require vigorous chewing. DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH ON THE DAY OF SURGERY.
- There should not be much bleeding from the surgical site. If you experience significant bleeding, place a moistened Lipton tea bag between the incision and your cheek. Rest with your head elevated for 20 minutes with slight to moderate pressure over the area. Remove the tea bag and confirm that the bleeding has stopped. If it has not, repeat with a new tea bag. If the bleeding persists, call the office or the doctor’s emergency number immediately.
- You should brush your teeth in the treated area excluding the gums. Do not use dental floss or a water irrigation device.
- Starting tomorrow, gently rinse the treated area with warm salt water after meals. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a large glass of warm water.
- Return to this office for suture removal as directed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Although severe pain seldom occurs, some discomfort will usually be present. Use the anti-inflammatory medication as directed. Taking Ibuprofen or Aleve as directed until the suture removal appointment will help avoid discomfort and swelling. Please inform us if you are experiencing significant discomfort or have a temperature.
- There will be some swelling and discoloration for three to five days. This is a normal part of the healing process.
- There is often temporary loss of feeling in the surgical site.
- The treated tooth may feel loose for a brief time.
NON-SURGICAL ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
- Do not eat anything for the first hour following the procedure, and then eat only soft foods for the rest of the day.
- Chew on the opposite side until the tenderness is gone.
- Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days. This tenderness is no cause for alarm.
- Discomfort may be alleviated by taking: Aleve, Ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.
- Warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) may also help.
- Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above medications or should swelling develop, please contact our office.
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