It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following surgery. If slightly heavier bleeding occurs:
- Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site.
- Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
- If the bleeding continues, call the office
- Do not suck on area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.
- Don't spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of the surgery.
- The day after surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
- You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery. Be careful of the surgical site.
You should start with liquids and very soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. If the area feels a little better, you can then move on to a normal diet. Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.
Pain & Swelling:
It is normal to experience some degree of swelling.
If you do experience swelling, you can place ice over your face for 10-20 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This should help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first 36 hours.
If you feel discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever is recommended to ease the pain. If the pain persists, please contact the office.