Dr. Paresh B. Patel will provide you with post-op instructions following your surgical extraction. These instructions are also provided here for your convenience. Please feel free to call Family Dentistry of Frisco at (469) 362-3150 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Frisco, Texas.
- If you received IV sedation, do not take any pain medication more than six hours from the time of your pick up.
- We will prescribe antibiotics on the day of surgery if you have not already received them. Keep taking or begin taking this medication until your course is finished.
- To alleviate swelling, take 600mg-800mg of Ibuprofen for 10 days (4 times a day).
- Keep biting down on the gauze pad for the next hour. Replace it with another gauze pad when needed.
- Start rinsing with Peridex the night after your surgery. Continue doing that for 10 days morning and night. Do not consume colored drinks for 10 days.
- DO NOT spit or drink from a straw. The pressure from both of these actions will cause the site to bleed more.
Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled approximately 10 days after your surgical extraction.
FIRST HOUR: Do not drink while you are numb. Do not drink hot liquids while you are numb. Bite down gently, but firmly, on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical areas. The gauze should remain in place 30-45 minutes without changing regardless of the saturation. If active bleeding persists, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30-45 minutes. If it continues to bleed please call us, please call us immediately. Oozing is considered normal for a few days. For wisdom teeth extraction, it is normal for bleeding to continue for 2-3 days. Helpful Hint: Limit talking and enjoy the peace and quiet! The micro movement of your mouth while speaking dislodges the tiny cells trying to do their job.
MOUTH RINSING: Keeping your mouth clean following oral surgery is essential. Use warm salt water starting the day after treatment before and after meals. Salt water may be used by mixing approximately 1/4 teaspoon salt into a glass of warm water. Gently rinse with the salt water and repeat as often as you like. Please do not excessively swish. Dislodging the blood clot from your wound is the cause of a dry socket. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol (Scope, Listerine, etc.).
FEVER: Fever is expected following any type of surgery. It is your body’s response to begin the healing process. Fevers are not always a sign of infection.
ORAL HYGIENE: Do not disturb the surgical area today. Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects. You may brush your teeth gently starting the morning after surgery. Do NOT floss a surgical area for 6 weeks, unless directed by the doctor. PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE for at least 7 days. Smoking is detrimental to healing. Smoking is also the greatest cause of dry sockets.
SWELLING: It takes approximately 48 hours for swelling to reach a peak. Thereafter, improvement should be noticed. Swelling may be minimized by alternating hot/cold packs first 10 days with first day only using cold pack. This will provide benefit only during the first 24 hours. Take 800mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours for 10 days (4 times a day). Note: Used to alleviate swelling, not for pain.
PAIN: Unfortunately, most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You will usually have a prescription for pain medication. If you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to manage any discomfort better. Some patients find that stronger pain medicine causes nausea, but if you precede each pain pill with a small amount of food, chances for nausea will be reduced. Bread or dairy products work best. The effects of pain medications vary widely among individuals. If you anticipate needing more medication for the evening or weekend, please call for a refill during weekday business hours. Pain medication refills are not given during the evening hours or weekends due to the excessive nature of abuse. Your comfort and wellbeing is our greatest desire. We are better suited to assist you during office hours.
NAUSEA: Nausea is not uncommon after surgery and may be caused by the prescribed medication. Nausea may be reduced by preceding each pill with a small amount of food and a large amount of fluids. Please continue to maintain your fluid and food intake; you will feel much better soon.
DIET: Eat soft foods (nothing crunchy) until 10 days. Avoid all nuts, seeds, chips and popcorn! Do not use a straw for 7 days after surgery. Avoid alcohol (includes mouth rinses) and carbonated beverages for the first 7 days. It is advisable to limit the first day of intake to pureed foods (Soups, puddings, mashed potatoes, milk shakes, etc.). Your diet may progress as comfortable, or as directed at the time of your surgery. Eat and drink — you will feel better quicker! Diabetics should maintain normal eating and medication routine following surgery. Do not drink out of a straw for 48 hours.
SHARP EDGES NEAR SURGICAL SITES: Sharp areas are not uncommon. The bone often splinters as wood does. Your body should take care of this in a natural manner. If the area is painful or does not resolve, please call the office. Occasionally, small slivers of bone may work themselves out during the following weeks.
If you have a denture, wear it so that we can see if it is fitting well and know how to adjust it.
If prescribed, keep taking antibiotic until course is finished.
Call us at (469) 362-3150 if you have any questions.