Oral Surgery: Pre & Post Op Instructions

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Pre-operative Intructions


Please print out and review consent for surgery form prior to your procedure.
 
Surgery Consent Form

Post-operative Intructions


Postoperative care for oral surgery is most important to hasten healing and recovery. Expect some swelling, stiffness and discomfort. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns. In case of after hour emergencies or questions please call Dr. Greg Gillespie on his cell phone @ 360-448-3272; or Dr. Brad Gillespie on his cell phone @ 360-904-9326.

Bleeding
– Keep constant and direct pressure with gauze for 1-3 hours after surgery. Pressure stops bleeding and helps clots to form. Switch gauze every 20 to 60 min as needed if saturated. Expect some oozing and discoloration of the saliva.
 
– Bleeding may persist for up to 24 hours. If bleeding returns after slowing, place sufficient gauze into extraction site(s) and bite down vigorously for 15-20 minutes. Contact us if you have any concerns.
 
Pain
– Pain and soreness are normal and expected for 3-10 days after surgery.
 
– Pain may often increase for first 3-5 days and then begin to decrease.
 
– With severe pain, take medications every 4-6 hours, including through the night, with food for 24-48 hours, regardless of pain levels.
 
– All medications should be taken with food to avoid nausea.
 
Diet
Drink plenty of liquids and eat a soft diet. It is very important to eat to counteract the effect of blood and medication on the stomach.

Rinse
Begin Chlorhexadine rinse one (1) day after surgery. Rinse one capful for 1 minute after brushing teeth. Continue rinse until bottle is empty.

Swelling
– Swelling is normal and expected 3-5 days after surgery.
 
– Use ice packs to prevent and decrease swelling. Avoid hot packs.
 
Smoking
Smoking will disrupt normal healing. Do not smoke for 24-48 hours after surgery.