The site of the bone grafting must not be disturbed during the first 7 days following your treatment.
Do not wear your removable prosthetic unless advised by your doctor.
There may be stitches placed at the treatment site. If the stitches are of the dissolvable type, they will come out on their own within 3 to 7 days. We will remove any stitches which have not dissolved on their own within 10-14days.
Day 1 – Drink plenty of fluids following your treatment. Clear, cool and “flat” (non-carbonated) fluids are recommended during the first 48 hours following treatment.
Do not eat foods that require you to chew at the surgical site. Remain on a soft non-chew diet for the first 5 days after surgery or as instructed by your doctor.
Day 2 and 3 – Eat soft foods such as yogurt, protein drinks (Ensure), cream soups and other such foods that can be spooned into your mouth and not chewed are recommended.
Day 4 to 10 – Soft non-chew diet (e.g. mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta)
Avoid popcorn, nuts, seeds (e.g. sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc) or hard crunchy foods for at least 2 weeks after your surgery.
*Using a straw is not recommended for the first 24 hours after surgery as it will create negative pressure in your mouth and increase bleeding from the treatment site.
Mild bleeding from the surgical site or redness of the saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following treatment.
Apply the sterile gauze provided to you directly to the surgical site. Change the gauze when it becomes saturated with blood or saliva, not more often than every 20 and 30 minutes.
Excessive bleeding, or bleeding that is profuse and constant must be reported to our office immediately in order for the doctor to manage your care.
Gum and facial swelling is normal and may continue for at least 24 to 48 hours following your treatment. To help minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the cheek adjacent to the extraction site for 5 to 10 minutes during the first 24 hours after treatment. If both sides of the mouth were treated, alternate the ice pack, 5 to 10 minutes per side for the first 24 hours after treatment.
You will be prescribed pain medications after your treatment. The doctors will provide you or your responsible adult escort with the details for how to take these medications. The information will also be clearly labelled on your prescription bottle.
Please be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed.
Gentle oral hygiene is recommended for the first 48 hours following your treatment. Do not brush the gums directly near the surgical wound. Supplement gentle oral hygiene with the Chlorhexidine rinse that was provided. Starting 24 hours after your treatment. Aggressive brushing or rinsing during the first 24 hours after your treatment may cause bleeding from the site.
Reduced physical activity following your treatment is recommended. Avoid exercise, long distance running or heavy lifting during the first week following your treatment.
Questions or Emergencies
Please review the detailed post-operative instruction form provided to you following your treatment.
Please call our office during regular business hours for further instructions or call the personal number the doctors provided you.