After Surgery, bleeding may continue for several hours. To control bleeding, apply pressure by placing a moist gauze pad directly on the bleeding wound for 30-60 minutes. Pink or blood-tinged saliva may be seen for 2-3 days, following the procedure, and does not indicate a problem.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery, and reaches its maximum 2-3 days following surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of the face, over the area of surgery, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Do this for the first 24 hours, while awake.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods on the day of surgery. While numb, patients should avoid hot liquids and foods. Patients may have applesauce, pudding or Jello. After numbness subsides, patients can progress to solid foods, chewing away from the surgical sites.
You should begin taking pain medication while still numb. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken every 4 hours. Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken instead of Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen, over the counter is 200 mg. Two to three tablets of Ibuprofen may be taken every 4 hours, as needed, unless contraindicated due to medication (ie. coumadin). For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Make sure to clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal. You may rinse with plain water or salt water 2-3 times a day.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following procedure. After the first 48 hours, you may resume activity as tolerated.
If your treatment requires a specimen sent for a pathological examination, you will be asked to return for a follow-up appointment to discuss the results with your doctor. Biopsy results will typically be available 7-10 days following the procedure.
Foods to Drink and Eat While Numb
- Ice Chips
- Milkshake (no straw)
Soft Foods When Numbness is Gone
- Mashed Potatoes
- Creamed Cereals
- Soups (be careful-not too hot)