Do not disturb the wound.
Some bleeding in the saliva is expected for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by firmly putting pressure on the wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please do not hesitate to call our office for further instructions.
Swelling is normal and expected after this surgery. To help minimize swelling , apply an ice bag on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply it on the outside of your face, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, as often as possible for the first 24- 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids and make sure you eat. You may want to stick to soft foods for the first day or so. Return to a normal diet when you feel up to it.
You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, one or two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours. For severe pain ,the prescription medication should be taken as directed ( always with food).
Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can and rinse with warm salt water ( one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day.
Continue this until healing is complete.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately after surgery. You should rest for the first day. If you excerise or exert yourself bleeding or throbbing may occur.
If you have any concerns please feel free to call our office at 516-735-6505.