Brijesh J. Patel, D.D.S., M.D

Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Phone: 805.532.1331

Fax: 805.532.1371

Email: info@moorparkoms.com

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Surgical Instructions

Removal of Teeth, Dental Implant, Other Minor Oral Surgical Procedures

Assistance:

We ask that the person bringing you for surgery remain in the reception area during your surgery. Following surgery, your reflexes, depth perception and judgment will be impaired for several hours; therefore, it is important that a responsible party stays with you for the remainder of the day to assist with meals, medication, navigation to the restroom, etc.

Gauze Packs/Bleeding:

Upon your arrival home, you will need to change the gauze every 30-60 minutes. Extra gauze has been provided in your post-operative packet. Fold a single square in a tight pack, place over the surgical site(s); bite down firmly to control capillary bleeding. Remove packs to drink and replace with clean packs. The length of time that you will have bleeding varies but could persist for 24-48 hours following surgery. Occasional nose bleeding may occur for a few days following oral surgery. If profuse bleeding occurs, please contact our office.

Bed Rest:

Rest for the remainder of the day with your head elevated about 30 degrees. Place a towel over your pillow, as some drainage is likely while you sleep or turn on your side.

Ice/Swelling:

Some degree of swelling and discomfort following surgery is to be expected. Discoloration and a slight stiffness of the jaw are normal. Maximum swelling occurs within 48 hours following surgery and may last for several days. Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheeks every 15-20 minutes for the remainder of the day.

Brushing/Rinsing:

Brush your teeth as usual, keeping your mouth as clean as possible throughout your recovery. Avoid touching the bristles of your toothbrush in the area of surgery; also, avoid water picks and electric toothbrushes for 2 weeks following surgery. Warm, salt water rinses (8 oz. Water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of salt) may be started the day following surgery and utilized 3-4 times per day to help keep the surgical sites clean and free from food particles.

Prescriptions:

After you have eaten or had something to drink, you may begin the medications. Take all prescribed medications as directed; the antibiotic must be taken until it is completely finished. DO NOT drive a car, operate machinery or drink alcoholic beverages while taking prescribed pain medications.

For Women Only: Do not breastfeed for 12 hours if you were sedated for surgery. If you are using oral contraceptives, please note that antibiotics and other medications may interfere with their effectiveness and an alternative form of birth control should be used for one complete cycle of birth control pills after the course of antibiotics or other medications are complete.

Stitches:

The stitches used will dissolve in 7-10 days following surgery. It is not unusual for small pieces of sutures to come out prior to this time. If the sutures need to be removed, you will be notified, and an appointment will be made for you.

Diet Tips:

For the first several hours following surgery, you will need to be on a cool, soft diet. Foods such as Jell-O, pudding, applesauce, ice cream, frozen yogurt, Gatorade and fruit juices are recommended. Do not use a straw to drink thick liquids, as sucking could dislodge your blood clots and encourage prolonged bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your recovery to avoid dehydration. The evening of your surgery, you may introduce mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, cooked cereals or soups, but allow these foods to cool down significantly first. Hot food could aggravate the bleeding if begun too quickly. You may return to your normal diet, adding regular foods daily as you heal.

IV Site:

If medication is given intravenously, you may expect some tenderness or bruising around the site of the injection. Moist heat (warm, wet cloth) or dry heat (heating pad on low heat) to the area the next day will ease any discomfort.

Numbness:

Due to local anesthetic, there may be numbness in the area of surgery that could last 6-8 hours.

Other Important Information:

DO NOT smoke during your healing process as nicotine delays healing and aggravates bleeding.

Questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

 

Care Following Minor Oral Procedure:

Gauze Packs/Bleeding: Upon your arrival home, you will need to change the gauze every 30-60 minutes. Extra gauze has been provided in your post-operative packet. Fold a single square in a tight pack, place over the surgical site(s); bite down firmly to control capillary bleeding. Remove packs to drink and replace with clean packs. The length of time that you will have bleeding varies but could persist for 24-48 hours following surgery. Occasional nose bleeding may occur for a few days following oral surgery. If profuse bleeding occurs, please contact our office.

Bed Rest: Rest for the remainder of the day with your head elevated about 30 degrees. Place a towel over your pillow, as some drainage is likely while you sleep or turn on your side.

Ice/Swelling: Some degree of swelling and discomfort following surgery is to be expected. Discoloration and a slight stiffness of the jaw are normal. Maximum swelling occurs within 48 hours following surgery and may last for several days. Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheeks every 15-20 minutes for the remainder of the day.

Brushing/Rinsing: Brush your teeth as usual, keeping your mouth as clean as possible throughout your recovery. Avoid touching the bristles of your toothbrush in the area of surgery; also, avoid water picks and electric toothbrushes for 2 weeks following surgery. Warm, salt water rinses (8 oz. Water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of salt) may be started the day following surgery and utilized 3-4 times per day to help keep the surgical sites clean and free from food particles.

Prescriptions: After you have eaten or had something to drink, you may begin the medications. Take all prescribed medications as directed; the antibiotic must be taken until it is completely finished. DO NOT drive a car, operate machinery or drink alcoholic beverages while taking prescribed pain medications.

For Women Only: Do not breastfeed for 12 hours if you were sedated for surgery. If you are using oral contraceptives, please note that antibiotics and other medications may interfere with their effectiveness and an alternative form of birth control should be used for one complete cycle of birth control pills after the course of antibiotics or other medications are complete.

Stitches: The stitches used will dissolve in 7-10 days following surgery. It is not unusual for small pieces of sutures to come out prior to this time. If the sutures need to be removed, you will be notified, and an appointment will be made for you.

Diet Tips:

For the first several hours following surgery, you will need to be on a cool, soft diet. Foods such as Jell-O, pudding, applesauce, ice cream, frozen yogurt, Gatorade and fruit juices are recommended. Do not use a straw to drink thick liquids, as sucking could dislodge your blood clots and encourage prolonged bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your recovery to avoid dehydration. The evening of your surgery, you may introduce mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, cooked cereals or soups, but allow these foods to cool down significantly first. Hot food could aggravate the bleeding if begun too quickly. You may return to your normal diet, adding regular foods daily as you heal.

IV Site:

If medication is given intravenously, you may expect some tenderness or bruising around the site of the injection. Moist heat (warm, wet cloth) or dry heat (heating pad on low heat) to the area the next day will ease any discomfort.
Numbness: Due to local anesthetic, there may be numbness in the area of surgery that could last 6-8 hours.

Other Important Information:

DO NOT smoke during your healing process as nicotine delays healing and aggravates bleeding.

Questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

Moorpark Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.C.
145 Park Lane Ste#110 Moorpark, CA 93021

805.532.1331