Philip J. Conforti, D.D.S.
Raymond J. Gambardella, D.M.D.
Michael P. Johnson, D.M.D.
Robert J. Parker, D.M.D.
James P. Scialabba, D.M.D.
Robert J. Weinstock D.D.S.

The doctors at Hamden-Shoreline Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from implant reconstructive surgery, to corrective jaw surgery and wisdom tooth removal.
Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Associates, P.C.

Care of the Mouth Following Oral Surgery

BLEEDING - Continue biting on the gauze with firm pressure for the next 30 minutes, then replace it with two pieces of the clean gauze you were given. The gauze must contact the gum tissue where the bleeding is occurring so that pressure can be applied. If after several hours there is persistent bleeding, moisten a tea bag, place it over the surgical site and apply firm constant pressure for 30 minutes.

SWELLING - Swelling is a normal component of healing which peaks between 48 - 72 hours after surgery then resolves over several days. When you return home, apply an ice bag to the outside of the face (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) for the next 6 hours. This will help to minimize swelling.

PAIN - For mild discomfort take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). If you have been given a prescription for a narcotic pain medication, avoid alcoholic beverages and hazardous activities like driving a car or operating machinery.

NAUSEA - As a result of inadequate fluid intake, medications, or anxiety, nausea can occur after surgery. Carbonated beverages, Pepto-Bismol, or over-the-counter Benadryl caplets (25 mg taken every 6 hours as needed) are generally effective in controlling a queasy stomach.

DIET - Stay on a liquid or soft diet for the remainder of the day. Thereafter, diet can be progressed as tolerated. Avoid using straws. Milk products should be avoided for the next 3 hours if you were given intravenous anesthesia.

ORAL HYGIENE - Since rinsing the mouth encourages bleeding, do not rinse (or spit) today. Remember to swallow your saliva. Beginning tomorrow, rinse after meals using 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. The teeth should be brushed as usual with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you have been given a prescription for an antibacterial rinse, use it as directed.

ACTIVITY - Avoid bending or heavy lifting today--keep your head elevated (for example, sitting in a lounge chair or using two pillows when lying down). Strenuous activity should be avoided for 1 week following wisdom tooth surgery.

SMOKING - Avoid smoking for as long as possible! Smoking directly affects wound healing and can result in "dry sockets" or infection.

ANTIBIOTICS AND BIRTH CONTROL PILLS - Antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Alternative forms of birth control should be utilized until 1 week has elapsed since the completion of antibiotic therapy.

PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD INTRAVENOUS ANESTHESIA - You should not drive, drink alcohol, climb stairs unassisted, sign important documents, or engage in any potentially hazardous activity for 24 hours. If you feel light-headed or faint, lie flat on your back and elevate your legs with pillows. Remain in this position for 15 minutes and then get up slowly. Do not be alarmed if a bruise appears at the intravenous needle site. If the area becomes tender to touch, moist heat applications (3 times a day) are usually effective in relieving this condition.

Feel free to contact the office at any time if questions arise concerning your progress and recovery.


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