Congratulations on the successful completion of your treatment!
Now that the procedure is done, here are some tips to help you take care of the wound and aid the recovery process:
Place the gauze provided over the wound and bite down to apply pressure on it.
Change the gauze every half hour until the bleeding stops (this may take between 2 to 4hours)
Do not rinse or spit vigorously for 24 hours after surgery.
Do not eat, drink or sleep with the gauze in your mouth.
Some oozing of blood from the wound is normal.
If there is excessive/profuse bleeding, please contact us or visit the A&E department.
Postoperative pain will occur in varying degrees and is usually most severe during the first 2 days.
It is advisable to consume the pain medication prescribed before the numbness wears off.
If you experience pain that is unrelieved by the medication prescribed, please contact the clinic.
Some degree of swelling is expected during the first few days after your procedure. This could also be accompanied by bruising.
If the swelling occurs in the area of your jaw muscles, it could even cause some stiffness and difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days.
Apply an ice pack to the area and consume anti-inflammatory medication to minimise the swelling.
A soft diet is encouraged following your procedure.
Be sure to consume enough calories to help your body recover as quickly as possible.
Try not to chew food on the side of the wound for the first 24 hours.
Do not drink with a straw for the first 24 hours.
The numbness from the procedure may last for quite a few hours, so try not to consume hot food/liquids as you may unknowingly scald/injure the area.
Avoid exercise, strenuous activities, smoking and alcohol within the first 24 hours.
Complete your course of antibiotics (if prescribed).
Use the mouth rinse (if prescribed) to prevent infection (Do not use it for more than 2 weeks)
Maintain good oral hygiene around the wound but do not brush the area too vigorously.
Continued pain, swelling or fever may indicate an infection, which may spread or seriously delay healing. Do inform us if you suspect that your wound is infected.
If an allergic reaction occurs, stop taking the medication prescribed and contact the clinic.