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Generally everything is OK and uncomplicated. If otherwise please Contact Me

Activity & Exercise: For 24 hours after anaesthetic, do not: drive; operate machinery or drink alcohol. Avoid vigorous activity or sports for a couple of days and contact sports for a few weeks after surgery, to avoid unnecessary bleeding.

Bleeding: there may be a slight discharge of blood from the surgical site, but continued bleeding is uncommon after surgery. Excessive bleeding instructions:

Excessive bleeding instructions:

Remove - excessive blood clots from the mouth & rinse vigorously with salty water.

Apply a rolled chemist's bandage/gauze or a clean dampened, folded handkerchief directly to the wound. Keep this in place under moderate pressure by closing your jaw and biting.

Sit down & maintain the pressure for at least 20 minutes.

Refrain from:

  1. excessive activity for the first 24 hours post surgery.
  2. lying down flat. Relax, but keep the head elevated on at least 2 pillows. This decreases the venous pressure in the face, and thus the tendency to bleed and swell.
  3. hot food & fluids until the next day as the heat may cause bleeding.
  4. sucking through a straw as this can increase bleeding by disturbing the blood clot in the socket.

If bleeding cannot be stopped Contact Me

Infection: Your mouth cannot be sterilized, and risk of infection increases, if you use fingers or use any objects to “play” with the wound, or if you smoke.

To keep your mouth clean you use a soft toothbrush to clean your teeth, avoiding the extraction socket or wounds.

Avoid infection by rinsing your mouth gently after meals with:

  • Savacol mouth rinse diluted 1:1 with water, available from supermarkets and pharmacies; or
  • A teaspoon of table salt in a glass of lukewarm water.

Continued pain, swelling or a raised temperature indicates potential infection.

If so Contact Me

Numbness: injury can result if you chew a numb lip or tongue.

Nutrition : You may experience nausea or lack of appetite following surgery. Keep up your fluids with plain water or diluted cordial. Water ice blocks are a convenient method of providing fluid intake.

Eat soft nutritious foods such as soft boiled eggs, soup or fruit juices, even if not particularly hungry.

Pain: after surgery is common and you will prescribed appropriate medication. Do not apply anything to the surgical site that is not approved by your surgeon.

Ensure you start your prescribed pain relief once your local anaesthetic has worn off. Refer to your medication’s product guide, for any side affects.

If you experience a medication problem, or if your pain continues for greater than 24 hours or worsens please Contact Me

Stitches: Any stitches in your mouth are dissolvable and will disappear in approximately 10-14 days.

Swelling: and/or difficulty in opening your mouth is common and should begin to subside after a day or two. Apply ice packs from your chemist or ice wrapped in a face washer, immediately following surgery to reduce swelling. For up to the next 48 hours apply the ice packs 20 minutes on & 10 minutes off.

Do not apply ice or ice packs directly your skin. Use a cloth between the skin and ice pack.