- Protection of blood clot: for at least one hour, maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area; remove gauze sponge – if slight bleeding continues, this is normal; however, if heavy bleeding continues, place a new moistened gauze pad or a moistened tea bag wrapped in a piece of gauze on the surgical site and apply gentle pressure for approximately one additional hour. Repeat if necessary.
- Do not rinse or use any type of mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm mild salt water [1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8oz. of water] every 1-2 hours for several days.
- It is normal to experience some discomfort after dental surgery. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as directed.
- A toothbrush may be used carefully; avoid the area where the surgical procedure was performed for a couple of days. After healing, return to normal brushing and flossing.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods for the first 24 hours. Following surgery and /or general extractions, adequate food and liquid intake is most important. If you find eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquid nourishment, such as Carnation Instant Breakfast.
- Avoid all excessive activities; don’t pick at the surgical area, don’t consume alcoholic beverages, refrain from smoking and avoid sucking through a straw for 24 – 48 hours.
- If sutures were placed, do not fail to return for removal by the doctor, if so instructed. Do not attempt to remove them yourself.
- To control swelling, gently apply ice packs to the area for periods of ten minutes on and ten minutes off. Continue this procedure for the first 24 hours.
- If you experience allergic reactions or generalized rash or itching, call Dr. Tomlo’s office immediately.
Do not hesitate to call if any questions arise. 828-692-3204