The gauze in your mouth may be changed every 30-60 minutes. Some oozing is normal for 24- 48 hours after surgery. If increased oozing occurs, sit upright and apply slightly damp gauze directly over the surgical site and bite firmly for an hour. You can substitute a damp black tea bag to help the blood clot more quickly.Avoid spitting and rinsing while there is bleeding as this will cause further bleeding and irritate the area.
Do not sleep with gauze in the mouth as this is a choking hazard.
If stitches were placed they will dissolve in 3-5 days.
Swelling and Bruising
Swelling after surgery is normal and is expected to increase for 2-3 days and then gradually subside over the next week. Ice packs should be applied to the face for 2 days (20 min on, 20 min off) while awake. Warm compresses may be used after the first few days, and for bruising.
You may develop bruising to the face or neck which may take 7-10 days to resolve. The bruising may be worse if you take blood thinners.
Do not drink through a straw for one week after surgery and avoid hot foods for the first 24 hours.
A liquid or soft food diet is recommended for the first two days after surgery (smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, soups, Jello, mashed potatoes, overcooked pasta, scrambled eggs, etc.) Avoid hard foods such as pizza crust, crunchy and chewy foods and small hard foods that could get stuck in the healing wound, such as popcorn, seeds, nuts, etc.
You may progress to a normal diet when comfortable.
Increase activity as tolerated. Most patients require at least 2-3 days before resuming normal activities. Please refrain from strenuous activity for about a week.
Do not rinse your mouth, spit, or brush your teeth on the day of surgery.
Begin rinsing with the prescribed rinse the day after surgery. If no rinse was prescribed, begin with salt water rinses (use 1 tsp salt in a cup of warm water) .
If you were given an irrigating syringe, fill the syringe with warm salt water to rinse the extraction site starting on the 5th day after surgery. Only the bottom extraction sites need to be rinsed. Place the tip of the syringe into the site and rinse gently. Continue to do this for 2 weeks after surgery, or until food stops getting stuck in the hole.
You may begin gently brushing your teeth with a soft manual toothbrush the day after the surgery.
Smoking and Alcohol
Avoid smoking and alcohol for one week following surgery due to interactions with prescriptions.
If you were instructed to follow Sinus Precautions
Do not blow your nose, use a straw, smoke, or rinse the sinus for two weeks.
A small amount of bleeding from the nose is normal.
If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open.
If you have any further questions or concerns please call us.