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Surgical Home Care

  1. It is normal for blood to seep from the site of a surgical procedure for several hours after the operation. If bleeding continues after that or becomes profuse, try to locate the spot the blood is coming from. Once you have found it, hold a piece of gauze against the tissue and bone. Apply steady but gentle pressure for 10 minutes. If this does not stop the bleeding call our office number.
  2. Swelling: It is normal for a surgical area to swell following Endodontic surgery. Such swelling may last from a few hours to several days. Following surgery, an ice pack should be applied for 10-15 minutes on and off for the first day.
  3. Bruising: Sometimes bruising will occur. If this happens a heating pad may be applied for 15-30 minutes four times a day on the second, third and fourth day. DO NOT APPLY HEAT ON THE FIRST DAY.
  4. Pain: Using ice and taking an anti-inflammatory will reduce this. We usually recommend 3 Advil (600mg Ibuprofen) every four to six hours for the first couple days and then as needed. We will also give you a prescription for something stronger if we think you may need it. If your pain is not being relieved after an hour you can take the prescription pain pill or Tylenol. If you can only take Tylenol for pain, please let us know. The pain pill we will prescribe typically contains Tylenol. Too much is bad for your system.
  5. Brush your teeth gently.
  6. Do not lift lip to look at the stitches, this may pull on them and delay healing.
  7. Rinse your mouth, gently, starting on day two. Use Peridex or warm salt water rinses.
  8. Infection: If we think it is necessary an antibiotic will be prescribed.
  9. Eating: Hot foods should be avoided for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  10. An appointment has been made for the removal of sutures. If the stitches start to hang or loosen, it is usually not a problem. If it bothers you or if you have concerns please call us at 203-757-1287.