Surgical Post-Operative Instructions

Surgical Post-Operative Instructions

The surgical procedure will be performed using local anesthesia and on occasion oral sedation or IV sedation. There are usually no restrictions after the procedure concerning driving or returning to work, unless sedated. Dr. Morant is available for consultation at all times should a problem arise after your treatment.

Continue all medications for blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems and any other conditions as recommended by your physician. If there is a question, please call our office prior to your appointment.

Instructions for Home Care Following Surgical Root Canal Treatment

Swelling, minor discomfort, oozing, and/or skin discoloration may be experienced – this will be temporary. If the surgery was performed in the lower jaw, a tingling of the lower lip is possible due to stretching of the nerve supplying this area.

In order to keep swelling to a minimum, use of an ice pack on the face over the operated area is recommended. The ice pack should be used alternately – 20 minutes on; 20 minutes off, for 6 hours following surgery. Place the ice pack in the freezer during the “off” time.

Do not raise the lip with your fingers to inspect the treated area – you may pull out some of the stitches and delay your healing.

Avoid hot liquids and eat only soft foods for the first 48 hours. Use your own judgment after this period, but avoid hard or chewy foods until your next visit.

Do not brush teeth in the operated area for 5 days after surgery. Be sure to brush the rest of your teeth. Instead, use the mouthrinse prescription provided.

Starting the day after your surgery, use warm salt water rinses (1 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water) on the treated area under the lip or cheek. This should be done 4 to 5 times a day, allowing for 1 minute of rinsing each time. Continue to rinse for the remainder of the week.

Get plenty of rest and ensure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as water, tea, soups and milk. Avoid alcohol or any liquid that bubbles or fizzes such as sodas.

For pain use over the counter analgesics. If you are able to take aspirin and Ibuprofen, we recommend that you take Ibuprofen 600mg (with food) every 6 hours for up to 3 days. We recommend breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. If you cannot take Ibuprofen or aspirin, you may substitute acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed. If you have been prescribed a narcotic analgesic that contains Tylenol, you may substitute this medication for the regular Tylenol. Please do not mix the narcotic/Tylenol combo with regular Tylenol.

The stitches we have placed will dissolve, but it is important that you return for a post-operative visit when instructed.

Should any difficulties or questions arise, do not hesitate to call this office at any time – day, night or weekend.