Every patient recovers differently after surgery. Whether you have had wisdom teeth removal, implant surgery or jaw surgery, the following advice is best practice for ongoing care.
After your procedure you should return home and rest quietly for the remainder of the day. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 48 hours.
Pain should be managed by taking regular pain relief medication. Pain relief is most effective if you get ahead of the pain. Do not wait for the pain to come on, as it will be more difficult to control.
Often strong pain killers prescribed will have side effects such as nausea, vomiting and constipation. Should any of these occur it is best to stop the medication and discuss alternative pain relief measures with Dr. Nova Gibson.
Eat and drink what you can manage but in general cold and soft food are best for the first few days. Avoid hot temperature drinks and foods for the first 24 hours.
Suggestions for the first week following surgery include drinking lots of fluids and eating soft foods (for example – mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, boiled vegetables and noodles).
After Jaw Surgery a special diet is recommended.
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Minimal cleaning of the area of surgery for the first 24 hours is best. On Day one: Hot salty water mouth washes after eating and gentle tooth brushing of other areas of the mouth(it may be helpful to use a small children’s tooth brush for best results).
Swelling is normal and is at a maximum after 2-3 days but will start to recede by 4-5 days. Cold compresses can help to reduce swelling and help with pain in the first 24 to 48 hours.
Some blood or blood stained saliva is normal for 3 days after surgery. Cleaning of teeth may also produce more bleeding – this is normal.
Continued bleeding can be treated by placing a firm pad of gauze or clean linen directly to the wound – keep this in place with moderate pressure (by closing your jaw and biting firmly but gently). The pressure stops the bleeding, and a blood clot forms. It’s best to sit down and maintain this pressure for at least 20 minutes. This procedure may need to be repeated several times. If bleeding cannot be stopped or is excessive despite applying pressure with the gauze, please contact our office immediately.
Most of the stitches placed in the mouth will dissolve. It is variable how long the stitches will dissolve a guide is between 3 days and 2 weeks. Should there be any loose ends of stitches and they become annoying, they can be trimmed if necessary, with sharp nail scissors or alternatively contact our office and we will remove them for you.
Some limitation when opening the mouth is normal after oral surgery. Once the pain and swelling has settled, mouth stretching exercises can be started to return the range of jaw movements to normal.
Please do get in touch with our office if you experience any of the following;
- Swelling increasing after 4 to 5 days
- Persistent altered sensation in the lip or tongue
- Fever and chills
- Worsening of pain after 5 days
Reduce the likelihood of infection by following these simple measures;
- Clean your teeth gently from day 1
- Rinse mouth with warm salty water after every meal and up to 5-6 times a day. (This should begin 12-18 hours after your surgery to prevent food becoming trapped in and around the surgical site)
- Take any prescribed antibiotics
- Do not smoke
Complimentary Review post-Surgery
We provide a complimentary review appointment usually scheduled for around 2 weeks after surgery, unless we have made a specific review appointment for you. Please know it can be made at any time however, if you have concerns.
Call our office on 9654 4400.