Day Of Surgery
- Bite down firmly on the gauze pocks that hove been placed over the surgical area, making sure they remain in place.
- Change them at 30-minute intervals keeping pressure on the packing.
- If active bleeding persists after one hour, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30-60 minutes.
- The gauze may be changed as necessary and may be dampened and/or fluffed for more comfortable positioning.
- The gauze may be removed when there is minimal oozing and should not be left in overnight.
- Do not disturb the surgical area today.
- Do not rinse vigorously or probe the area with any object or your finger.
- Abstain from anything forceful (examples: spitting or sucking through a straw) that may dislodge the blood clot in the extraction site.
- SMOKERS: DO NOT smoke for at least 48 hours. Smoking is very detrimental to healing and may make your recovery time longer more more painful.
- Intermittent bleeding or oozing is normal, and drainage from the surgical site is to be expected during the healing process.
- Bleeding should never be severe. It usually means that the pocks ore being clenched between your teeth rather than exerting pressure on the surgical areas.
- Try repositioning .fresh pocks directly over the surgical site and apply pressure for 30-60 minutes. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call our office.
- Often there is some swelling associated with oral surgery.
- You can minimize this by using o cold pack or ice bag wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to face or cheek adjacent to the surgical area.
- This should be applied 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the first 12 to 48 hours after surgery.
- You can expect swelling to be of a maximum 48 hours after surgery.
- Thereafter, each day should show steady gradual improvement.