Oral Maxillofacial Post-Op Instructions
- Do not rinse, spit or drink through a straw for the first 5 days after surgery. These activities may hinder or disrupt the formation of a blood clot for proper healing.
- Keep your fingers and tongue away from the surgical area.
- Use ice packs directly over the surgical area (side of face) for first 24-48 hours, apply ice 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Ziploc bags or frozen peas work well.
- Start your pain medication as instructed.
- For mild discomfort, take over-the-counter Ibuprofen, unless instructed otherwise or you are unable to take it for any reason.
- Drink plenty of fluids (no straws). A mixture of juices, water, soup, sport drinks, etc. is best.
- If the muscles of the jaw become stiff after 2-3 days, use warm, moist heat to the outside of your face as well as light massage at intervals to help relax muscles.
- After the first post-operative day, begin rinsing with water or chlorhexidine rinse (if prescribed) following meals for the first week to flush out any retained food particles lodged in the surgical sites.
- Diet may consist of soft foods that can be easily chewed and swallowed. Start with clear broths and advance the substance of the diet as tolerated. Be careful until your numbness has fully resolved so you don’t accidently bite or harm yourself. Avoid sticky, spicy or chewy foods, seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc. We want you to try to eat as normally as possible as soon as you are able.
- A slight amount of oozing is to be expected following surgery. Apply pressure to the surgical area: using two rolled or folded gauze pieces for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, a moist teabag should be placed in the area – bite down firmly for 30-40 minutes – this aids in clotting. Sit uprights, apply ice as instructed and avoid talking and spitting. If bleeding persists, call our office.
- Do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery. Nicotine can break down the blood clot, cause a “dry-socket” and slow healing.
- Do not be alarmed if a slight bruise should appear on your face or at the site of an IV or injection. Please call us if you note any excessive bruising, swelling, redness or tenderness.
*If you should have any problems, or your recovery is anything but steady and complete, please contact our office immediately for further instruction or additional treatment. 208-667-5565
*Oral surgery procedures are unique and we have developed your personalized treatment plan, to make your surgery and recovery go as smoothly as possible. Please follow all further and personalized instructions provided at your appointments.
*Your follow-up visit is important. Please contact us immediately if you need to change or schedule a post-op appointment.