Instructions for the following:
The day of surgery:
- Periodontal Surgery
- Sinus Lift
- Block Graft
- Keep in mind that there are no real limitations, only do what your body allows (use common sense).
- Apply ice pack ten minutes on and ten minutes off for 2 hours.
- Take antibiotics (if any prescribed).
- Take anti-inflammatory medication (if any prescribed) for a minimum of two days.
- In case of continued discomfort or pain, take the stronger pain medication (if any prescribed).
- Take the stronger pain medication in combination with the anti- inflammatory medication.
- If desired, rinse your mouth with cold tap water the same day. DO NOT RINSE VIGOROUSLY.
- Use a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt to one large cup of boiled water (partially cooled) to rinse several times a day after day one.
- Brush teeth as normal except in the surgical/extraction sites.
- Use red soft brush for the surgical/extraction sites.
- Use the non-foaming toothpaste for the entire mouth until instructed otherwise.
- Do not drink hot liquids the same day.
- Do not smoke for two days.
- Eating: No specific instructions; use your own good judgment.
- Do not use a straw after surgery.
- Possible Swelling
- Bruising & Pain
- To minimize pain and swelling take your analgesic medication ASAP while you are still numb.
On the first day swelling may occur and can be kept to a minimum with an ice pack to the outside of the face over the surgical area. The ice pack may be applied to reduce swelling at intervals of 10 minutes-on 10 minutes-off for two to three hours. Swelling immediately following a surgical procedure is usually not due to an infection. Swelling will go down in a few days.
A slight amount of bleeding is normal and expected for a few days. If the bleeding is excessive (i.e. more than three cotton gauze soaked red in three minutes) call our office at 414-321-7200 listen to options, and follow directions for "emergency". Slight post nasal bleeding is normal following sinus lift or sinus push.
If you had an implant placed with the temporary crown on it, you should not function with the implant and itls crown for at least a period of 4 months. If this rule is not observed faithfully, it will result in the failure of the implant. In this event, there may be a need for more grafting and a new implant in a few months.
Sinus Lift or Sinus Push:
Do not blow your nose or use a straw for at last 2 weeks. Sneeze or cough with mouth your open. Use OTC nasal decongestant sprays to keep the nasal passage way open (to prevent nasal congestion or blockage).
A surgical dressing may be placed over the surgical site for protection. This dressing has nothing to do with the healing of the site. If it happens to come off or is ingested, it is of no real concern. The sutures may fall out 3-4 days after being placed, and is of no concern unless bleeding occurs or anything that concerns you.
Please call if you experience any of the following:
- Swelling which begins three or more days after the surgery
- Excessive bleeding
- Discomfort not controlled by your prescription
- Loose or lost dressing, but only if area is painful
- Anything about your healing that concerns you