Bleeding after surgery may continue for several hours. Apply pressure with a moist gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30-60 minutes to control bleeding. Pink or blood-tinged saliva may be seen for 2-3 days following the procedure and does not indicate a problem.
Swelling occurs naturally after surgery. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and reaches its maximum 2-3 days following surgery. Apply an ice pack to the outside of the face over the area of surgery 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off while awake for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling. Begin use of a warm, moist compress to the cheek 48 hours after the surgery.
You should begin taking pain medication while still numb. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken every 4 hours. Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken instead of Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen, over the counter is 200 mg. Two to three tablets of Ibuprofen may be taken every 4 hours as needed for pain unless contraindicated due to medication (i.e. Coumadin). For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following procedure. After the first 48 hours, you may resume activity as tolerated
If your treatment requires a specimen sent for a pathological examination, you will be asked to return for a follow-up appointment to discuss the results with your doctor. Biopsy results will typically be available 7-10 days following the procedure.
Maintaining your mouth clean are essential to good healing. Make sure to clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal. You may rinse with plain water or salt water 2-3 times a day.
After general anesthetic or I.V. sedation, start with liquids. While numb, patients should avoid hot liquids or foods. Patients may have applesauce, pudding, or jello. Once the numbness wears off patients can progress to solid foods, chewing away from the surgical sites. Patients should avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the socket areas.
Foods to Drink and Eat While Numb
- Ice Chips
- Milkshake (no straw)
Soft Foods When Numbness is Gone:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Creamed Cereals
- Soups (not to hot)