Post Operation

Post-Op Tips

  1. Numb for approximately 2-3 hours after the procedure
  2. Gauze in place for 60 min while biting down – replace as needed
  3. Swelling peaks at 48-72 hours (Usually pain peaks at this same time)
    • Ice packs help a LOT!
  4. Pain management:
    • Mix of Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  5. Stitches
    • Usually last 7-14 days, they will dissolve naturally
  6. Diet:
    • Start by eating soft, non-chewing necessary foods such as applesauce, yogurt/pudding or ice cream
    • Progress to soft foods like cottage cheese, cooked potatoes or tuna.
    • Don’t try to open wide or aggressively bite into food for the first week
    • By the end of week two, your diet should be normalized and you should be able to open fully
  7. Irrigate the Sockets if you have any food caught in them – we will give you a plastic irrigation syringe
  8. Avoid the 4 S’s:
    1. NO sucking through straws
    2. NO spitting
    3. NO swishing vigorously
    4. NO smoking
  9. Watch out for infection
    • Possibly associated with heat, swelling, pus, bad taste
    • This will usually show up around 2 weeks post surgery
  10. Lay Low for 2-3 days
    • You should focus on resting and recovering following surgery
    • Don’t do strenuous activity
    • Lay down with your head slightly elevated, or sit in a comfy chair
    • Pick a TV series and binge watch that!!!!
    • Slowly return to normal activity around 3 days post surgery