After surgery you may notice a gold chain attached to the orthodontic wire (if braces placed prior to procedure) or attached to the adjacent tooth. Your orthodontist will use this chain to help maneuver this tooth into its correct position.
Bleeding after surgery may continue for several hours. Bite 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.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. Swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and reach its peak 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 while awake for the first 24 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods. Patients should avoid hot liquids and foods while numb. Patients may have applesauce, pudding or jello. Patients may progress to solid foods as tolerated, chewing away from the surgical sites.
You should begin taking pain medication prior to the numbness wearing off. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets (400-600mg) may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. Tylenol may be taken instead of Ibuprofen. 1-2 Tylenol may be taken every 4 hours not to exceed 4 grams in 1 day. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. After the first 48 hours, you may resume activity as tolerated.
Soft Foods When Numbness is Gone
Increase Diet as Tolerated