PST Post-op Instructions

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Post-Operative Care: Instructions for Home Care

  • NO BRUSHING OVER SURGICAL SITE(S). Only use ultra-soft toothbrush prescribed but stay away from gums and only brush the teeth.
  • NO FLOSSING (Water-Pik ONLY from tongue-side or inside)
  • NO TOUCHING: with finger or any other device or object (e.g., cotton swabs).
  • NO LOOKING: Pulling the lip will interfere with the surgical site.
  • RINSE ONLY WITH LIPS APART (e.g., NO chipmunk cheeks)
  • WEAR PRESCRIBED BITE APPLIANCE 24 HOURS A DAY, if instructed. (Do not clench or grind your teeth). Check with Doctor about any other appliances (e.g., retainers, Invisalign, Perio-Protect, etc).
  • ICE OVER SURGICAL AREA at 10 minute intervals for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling.
  • DO NOT BE ALARMED ABOUT SOFT SWELLING OR BRUISING FOR THE FIRST WEEK.
  • DO NOT EAT crunchy or sticky foods and do not drink from a straw.
  • EXPECT cold sensitivity for 6 weeks or longer. DO REPORT sensitivity during check-up appointments.
  • PAIN CONTROL- take two 200 mg. acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets + two 200 mg. ibuprofen (Advil) tablets at the same time, subject to other instructions by Dr. Brad.
  • CALL DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE UNEXPECTED PAIN, CONTINUOUS BLEEDING, OR HEAT FROM SURGICAL SITE.