Post Operative Instructions - Fairfax, VA

Post-Operative Instructions

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Things to keep in mind:

  1. Do not rinse or spit excessively during the first 24 hours after your surgical treatment; if you must rinse, do it gently.
  2. Do not brush or floss in the treated area
  3. In 24 hours begin rinsing 4 to 5 times a day with warm salt water (1 teaspoon in 8 oz of water). Continue rinsing for 4-5 days.
  4. Eat a soft diet until your suture removal appointment
  5. If a surgical dressing was placed, leave it in place for 24 hours; if it comes off before 24 hours have passed, call me. If it comes off after this, don’t be concerned. If you would like to remove the dressing, you can do so after 24 hours have elapsed. It can be removed by gently prying at the edges.
  6. If surgical treatment was performed on the lower jaw, apply ice packs to the outside of the jaw. Apply for 15-20 minutes, then leave it off for 15-20 minutes and continue this for 3 hours. Do not use ice after 3 hours.
  7. If you have any problems or questions, CALL!!!

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