Post-Op Instructions

1

You have undergone a surgical procedure. A mild degree of swelling, bruising, and discomfort is to be expected. To minimize these, APPLY ICE to the outside of your face adjacent to the surgical area for as much as possible today and tomorrow.

2

AVOID ALL HOT FOODS AND HOT LIQUIDS until tomorrow.

3

AVOID DRINKING THROUGH A STRAW OR SMOKING until tomorrow. If you are a smoker, please bear in mind that smoking causes increased pain and slower healing, and substantially reduces your long-term chances for successful treatment.

4

TAKE 2 Advil (400 mgs. ibuprofen) PLUS 1 Tylenol (325 mgs. acetaminophen) every 4 hours for the rest of today EVEN IF THERE IS NO PAIN. It is much easier to prevent pain than to wait until it starts and then try to control it. If you cannot take Ibuprofen, take 2-3 Tylenol (acetaminophen) tablets, although these are less effective. Your next dose should be taken at ____________.

5

AVOID CHEWING in the area where surgery was performed for one week for routine periodontal surgery. Eat soft foods high in protein and vitamin C. For example: fish, smoothies, ice cream, tuna salad, pasta, cottage cheese, fruit juice, yogurt. Taking a B complex vitamin for one month may improve healing.