Post Operative Information

All patients have different rates of recovery and different levels of pain tolerance, the information following is a general guide for the normal range of post operative issues. If you feel your concerns do not fall under any of these items, please do not hesitate to call our office for individualized advice.


  • 5 – 7 days rest from normal activities is recommended following a general anaesthetic procedure for oral surgery.
  • 1 – 3 days rest from normal activities is recommended following a local anaesthetic procedure for oral surgery.
  • Organize someone to drive you home from hospital if you have had a general anaesthetic or sedation.
  • Clean your teeth gently after the first 24 hours.
  • Do not operate machinery or drive a vehicle for at least 72 hours after surgery, or whilst on strong pain medication.
  • Do not eat or drink foods or liquids that are very hot within the first 24 hours. If it’s steaming it is too hot.

What to do about:

 

Pain
Mouth Rinsing
Swelling
Bruising
Bleeding
Numbness
Stitches
Post Operative Appointment
Eating/Drinking

 

 


Information for specific procedures:

 

Pain and swelling are a normal post-operative experience and may last for several weeks depending upon the procedure. Management of these problems will be helped by following these simple instructions.

REST but do not lie flat, keep your head elevated on a pillow when lying down.

Place an icepack, wrapped in a hand towel, gently against your face for just 10 minutes, do this every hour for the first 6 hours after surgery,

DO NOT smoke post operatively. Smoking increases the risk of infection and increases the post operative pain.

DO NOT consume alcohol before your post-operative review appointment.

DO NOT exercise before your post-operative review appointment.

DO NOT blow your nose or drink through a straw if your surgery involved the maxilla.

Do not chew or eat solid food for six weeks. You will be given advice on dietary restrictions and supplementation.

It is normal to have altered sensation over some areas of your face following jaw surgery. This will have been discussed prior to your surgery and will be monitored over the post-operative period.

Most patients need a combination of analgesics to successfully control pain. The following general instructions may differ depending on other medical conditions you may have. Discuss this with your Surgeon.

Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) should be taken with food or milk ie: meal times, and before bed. Do NOT lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Paracetamol (eg Panadol) may be taken between doses of Ibuprofen if further pain relief is required.

You may be prescribed an additional analgesic (eg Mersyndol, Panadeine Forte), that may be taken in place of Paracetamol if required. These should be taken with food or a full glass of milk. Common side effects are nausea, constipation and drowsiness.

Do not drive or operate machinery or return to work if you are taking a prescribed analgesic.

Hygiene is important to help prevent infection.

Do not use soap or shampoo on any areas of skin that have been injured or sutured.

If you have sutures in your mouth:

  • Commence gently rinsing your mouth after every meal with a salt water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water). Alternatively you may use a mouthwash purchased. Continue brushing twice daily with toothpaste.
  • The sutures inside your mouth are usually dissolving (pale beige coloured) and may disappear prior to your appointment for follow-up. This is considered normal, and not cause for concern.
  • Sutures on the skin may require removal 5 -10 days following surgery, you will be informed of the timing of removal in your specific case.

Take your antibiotics as prescribed. These will usually continue for 5  – 7 days post surgery.

All patients undergoing surgery will be given a post-operative appointment approximately 7 to 14 days after surgery.

REST but do not lie flat, keep your head elevated on a pillow when lying down.

DO NOT smoke post operatively for 2 weeks. Smoking increases the risk of infection and increases the post operative pain.

DO NOT consume alcohol for at least 24 hours.

DO NOT exercise for 48 hours after surgery.

Most patients who required grafting need a combination of analgesics to successfully control pain. The following general instructions may differ depending on other medical conditions you may have. Discuss this with your Surgeon.

Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) should be taken with food or milk ie: meal times, and before bed. Do NOT lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Paracetamol (eg Panadol) may be taken between doses of Ibuprofen if further pain relief is required.

If you did not require grafting Paracetamol is usually sufficient and most patients require no analgesia beyond 48 hours.

Hygiene is important to help prevent infection.

Do not rinse your mouth in the first 24 hours following surgery, you may however brush your teeth gently using water (no toothpaste in the first 24 hours).

24 hours after surgery commence gently rinsing your mouth after every meal with a salt water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).

Chlorhexidine mouthwash should be used in the morning and evening for two weeks following implant placement.

Continue brushing twice daily with toothpaste.

Take your antibiotics as prescribed. These will usually continue for 5 – 7 days post surgery.

DO NOT eat or drink foods and liquids that are very hot within the first 24 hours. If it’s steaming it is too hot.

24 hours following surgery you may eat and drink foods and liquids that you feel you can cope with. Most people find soft foods easiest.

Avoid chewing over the site the implant has been placed.

The sutures are usually dissolving (pale beige coloured) and may disappear prior to your appointment for follow-up. This is considered normal, and not cause for concern.

All patients undergoing implant placement will be requested to have a post operative xray and return for a post-operative appointment approximately 7 to 14 days after surgery.

Pain and swelling are a normal post-operative experience and may last for 7 – 14 days depending upon the procedure. Management of these problems will be helped by following these simple instructions.

REST but do not lie flat, keep your head elevated on a pillow when lying down.

Place an icepack, wrapped in a hand towel, gently against your face for just 10 minutes, do this every hour for the first 6 hours after surgery,

DO NOT smoke post operatively. Smoking increases the risk of infection and increases the post operative pain.

DO NOT consume alcohol before your post-operative review appointment.

DO NOT exercise before your post-operative review appointment.

DO NOT blow your nose or drink through a straw if your fracture involved the eye socket or cheekbone.

If you have a fractured mandible or maxilla do not chew or eat solid food for six weeks. You will be given advice on dietary restrictions and supplementation.

Most patients need a combination of analgesics to successfully control pain. The following general instructions may differ depending on other medical conditions you may have. Discuss this with your Surgeon.

Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) should be taken with food or milk ie: meal times, and before bed. Do NOT lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Paracetamol (eg Panadol) may be taken between doses of Ibuprofen if further pain relief is required.

You may be prescribed an additional analgesic (eg Mersyndol, Panadeine Forte), that may be taken in place of Paracetamol if required. These should be taken with food or a full glass of milk. Common side effects are nausea, constipation and drowsiness.

Do not drive or operate machinery or return to work if you are taking a prescribed analgesic.

Hygiene is important to help prevent infection.

Do not use soap or shampoo on any areas of skin that have been injured or sutured.

If you have sutures in your mouth:

  • Commence gently rinsing your mouth after every meal with a salt water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water). Alternatively you may use a mouthwash purchased. Continue brushing twice daily with toothpaste.
  • The sutures inside your mouth are usually dissolving (pale beige coloured) and may disappear prior to your appointment for follow-up. This is considered normal, and not cause for concern.
  • Sutures on the skin may require removal 5 -10 days following surgery, you will be informed of the timing of removal in your specific case.

Take your antibiotics as prescribed. These will usually continue for 5  – 7 days post surgery.

Altered sensation of parts of your face or teeth, if not present prior to surgery, may be present postoperatively. This will have been discussed with you prior to surgery and will be assessed at your post-operative review.

All patients undergoing surgery will be given a post-operative appointment approximately 7 to 14 days after surgery.

Pain and swelling are a normal post-operative experience and may last for 7 – 14 days depending upon the procedure. Management of these problems will be helped by following these simple instructions.

REST but do not lie flat, keep your head elevated on a pillow when lying down.

Place an icepack, wrapped in a hand towel, gently against your jaw for just 10 minutes, do this every hour for the first 6 hours after surgery,

DO NOT smoke post operatively. Smoking increases the risk of infection and increases the post operative pain.

DO NOT consume alcohol for at least 24 hours.

DO NOT exercise for at least 72 hours after surgery.

Most patients need a combination of analgesics to successfully control pain. The following general instructions may differ depending on other medical conditions you may have. Discuss this with your Surgeon.

Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) should be taken with food or milk ie: meal times, and before bed. Do NOT lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Paracetamol (eg Panadol) may be taken between doses of Ibuprofen if further pain relief is required.

You may be prescribed an additional analgesic (eg Mersyndol, Panadeine Forte), that may be taken in place of Paracetamol if required. These should be taken with food or a full glass of milk. Common side effects are nausea, constipation and drowsiness.

Do not drive or operate machinery or return to work if you are taking a prescribed analgesic.

If there is bleeding following your procedure:

Very very Gently rinse your mouth with cold water.

Fold and place one of the pieces of gauze in your pack gently into your mouth, over the bleeding area, and bite firmly on the gauze for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not remove the pack in this time.

*** IF BLEEDING STILL CONTINUES, OR BECOMES HEAVIER, please contact your Surgeon immediately.

Hygiene is important to help prevent infection.

Do not rinse your mouth in the first 24 hours following surgery, you may however brush your teeth gently using water (no toothpaste in the first 24 hours).

24 hours after surgery commence gently rinsing your mouth after every meal with a salt water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water). Alternatively you may use a mouthwash purchased. Continue brushing twice daily with toothpaste.

You will be given an irrigation syringe with this information sheet. Do not use this syringe until you have been contacted by us in approximately 7 – 10 days. Instructions on its use will be given to you at this time.

DO NOT eat or drink foods and liquids that are very hot within the first 24 hours. If it’s steaming it is too hot.

24 hours following surgery you may eat and drink foods and liquids that you feel you can cope with. Most people find soft foods easiest.

The sutures are soluble (usually beige coloured) and will disappear. You may have them break and you will spit them out or swallow them with food. This is considered normal, and is not cause for concern.

All patients undergoing surgery will receive a post-operative telephone call 7 – 10 days following surgery.

Routine removal of teeth (including third molar teeth) or preorthodontic surgery (exposure and ligation) generally does not require a review appointment unless you have concerns or specifically wish to be seen.

Pain and swelling are a normal post-operative experience and may last for 7 – 14 days. Management of these problems will be helped by following these simple instructions.

REST but do not lie flat, keep your head elevated on a pillow when lying down.

DO NOT smoke post operatively for 2 weeks. Smoking increases the risk of infection and increases the post operative pain.

DO NOT consume alcohol for at least 72 hours.

DO NOT exercise for 72 hours after surgery.

Most patients who required grafting need a combination of analgesics to successfully control pain. The following general instructions may differ depending on other medical conditions you may have. Discuss this with your Surgeon.

Ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) should be taken with food or milk ie: meal times, and before bed. Do NOT lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

Paracetamol (eg Panadol) may be taken between doses of Ibuprofen if further pain relief is required.

Hygiene is important to help prevent infection.

Do not rinse your mouth in the first 24 hours following surgery, you may however brush your teeth gently using water (no toothpaste in the first 24 hours).

24 hours after surgery commence gently rinsing your mouth after every meal with a salt water solution (dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water).

Chlorhexidine mouthwash should be used in the morning and evening for two weeks following implant placement.

Continue brushing twice daily with toothpaste.

Take your antibiotics as prescribed. These will usually continue for 5 – 7 days post surgery.

DO NOT eat or drink foods and liquids that are very hot within the first 24 hours. If it’s steaming it is too hot.

24 hours following surgery you may eat and drink foods and liquids that you feel you can cope with. Most people find soft foods easiest.

Avoid chewing over the site the implant has been placed.

The sutures are usually dissolving (pale beige or white coloured). They generally take several weeks to resorb at the recipient site. The donor site sutures may dissolve prior to your post-operative appointment.

All patients undergoing implant placement will be given a post-operative appointment approximately 7 to 14 days after surgery.