After Apicoectomy Surgery
1. Apply pressure to outside of face in the area of surgery each hour for 30 seconds (1/2 minute). You may also use a cold compresses 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off for 4-6 hours. Do not use after 24 hours. It is not unusual to have post-operative swelling. If swelling does occur, it should begin to decrease after the third day.
2. Some swelling should be expected; however, it will reach its maximum in 48-72 hours, and then it will start to decrease.
3. If prescribed antibiotics, take as directed until all medication is consumed. Take pain relievers as directed but only as often as is necessary to manage the discomfort. If you have an adverse reactions (rash, diarrhea, etc.) discontinue the medication and call our office.
4. Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. Begin the use of the prescribed rinse after the first 24hours.
5. Starting the day after your treatment, rinse gently after meals or snacks with the prescribed rinse. Continue for at least one week.
6. For the first 24 hours, eat soft, cool foods that can be easily chewed or swallowed. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or liquids (coffee, soup, tea).
7. Do not raise your lip or pull on the cheek to look at the surgical site. This might tear the sutures(stitches).
8. A little bleeding or oozing is normal after the surgery. If worried, place a wet teabag firmly against the area for 20 minutes or longer if necessary. Tea bags contain tannic acid which help in the clotting mechanism. If bleeding continues, please call the office.
9. Avoid brushing and flossing for the first six days in the surgical area. After 6 days, brush and floss very delicately.
10. Do not smoke, spit, blow your nose, or take any alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. These actions may delay healing and cause complications.
Please call our office at 949-729-2200 if you have any questions or concerns.