Instructions to Patients Following Oral Surgery

THE SUTURES MAY FALL OUT WITHIN THE FIRST 24-72 HOURS- If the sutures were picked, it is normal for the sutures to fall out or dissolve within the first few days. The area will still heal normally.

TAKE ALL OF THE MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED- It is normal to have some discomfort after surgery and take pain medication.  If you have been given a prescription, use it as directed.  If the doctor has prescribed multiple medications, all of these medications can be taken together. Studies have shown that the most effective medication for pain relief if Ibuprofen (Motrin) and Extra Strength Tylenol taken together every four hours. 

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE AREA- You may brush and floss that evening except in the area of the surgery.  The evening of surgery, rinse the mouth gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoonful of salt in one cup of warm water).  Repeat the salt water rinse 2 or 3 times each day for the next few days.

IF ABNORMAL BLEEDING OCCURS- Open up one of the gauze packages, fold up a piece of gauze, and put it over the surgery area like a cork on a bottle.  There must be pressure over the area to stop blood flow.  If bleeding is seeping out around the gauze, there is not enough pressure covering the hole with the gauze on the area.  The gauze should be kept with pressure on the area for 45 minutes before changing to a new gauze.  If the gauze is changed too frequently, it won’t stop the bleeding.  If bleeding does not improve, call the office for further instructions.

DO NOT DISTURB THE BLOOD CLOT- Keep fingers, toothpicks, or other matter that may cause infection, out of the mouth.  Do not disturb the blood clot – its grayish or yellowish appearance and slight odor do not indicate an infected condition.  Smoking and drinking alcohol will disturb the clot and slow the healing.

DIET INSTRUCTIONS- Drink liquids only (cool or lukewarm) after your surgery until the numbness has worn off. This is to prevent you from burning or biting your lip, cheek, or tongue. 

You may eat a soft diet after the numbness has worn off, such as spaghetti, mashed potatoes, smoothies, milkshakes, and soups.  Avoid hard or crunchy foods like popcorn or nuts for at least 3 weeks.

CALL OUR OFFICE FOR QUESTIONS- If complications arise after the surgery or unusual symptoms, such as swelling or pain after the area has healed, please call our office for advice.  If you have any questions, please call our office at Fullerton Oral Surgery Phone Number 714-525-1178 to reach Dr. Miyamoto or the doctor on call.