Post and Pre-Surgical Guidelines
How to Prep At Home For Oral Surgery
Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure the best possible outcome from oral surgery. Follow these simple guidelines before going into an oral surgery, whether it be minor or major, to make for the best possible treatment experience and outcome:
- Refrain from eating or drinking anything, even water, for eight hours prior to your surgery.
- No not smoke or use any tobacco products before an oral surgery.
- If the office is not an adult, they are required to come with an adult, and that adult must also stay at the office for the duration of the patient’s care and also be able to provide them transportation home.
- Patients undergoing any kind of anesthesia cannot drive or operation machinery for 24 hours after leaving the dental office.
- Please wear loose clothing and wear comfortable shoes when coming in for surgical care.
- Do not wear any jewelry and please remove contact lenses before entering surgery.
- Notify your provider of any allergies that you have before coming into surgery. Also be sure to let our team know of any medications you’re currently taking.
Post-Op Instructions For Dental Implants
Following a dental implant operation, patients will be able to leave the same day and should not interfere with their oral wounds to best help recovery. Do not rinse or spit around this area, and do not touch the implant abutment directly for several days after care.
Managing Bleeding, Swelling, and Pain
Some patients may experience some welling, bleeding, or pain following a dental implant surgery. If bleeding occurs, the best way to control this bleeding is by placing gauze on the implant wound to allow the blood to clot. If this bleeding continues, be sure to contact your dentist so they can advise you accordingly.
After an implant surgery, as well as other types of surgical operations, light to moderate swelling is normal. This swelling can typically be managed simply with an ice pack or cold pack placed on the area of swelling. For implants, place the pack directly in the cheek right where the implant was placed. Apply the pack to the painful and swollen area for several hours, and repeat this process until the swelling reduces. If this swelling continues or worsens, call your dental care provider so they can advise you. It’s also vital to drink plenty of water and to stay hydrated after care.
For pain, over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen are often enough to manage the pain from dental implant operations post-care. You should take these as soon as they become necessary, and speak with your doctor at the onset of the pain so that they can best advise you. Typically, these medications can be taken every three-four hours. Never take several different pain medications at the same time, and always ask your doctor regarding the most appropriate dosage. Your dentist can also prescribe you with medications that can help to alleviate severe postoperative pain.
Maintaining strong oral hygiene after oral surgery is also key in preventing any potential infections and best assisting the surgical site in healing. Be sure to maintain a strong oral health regimen including regular brushing and flossing as well as the use of mouth rinses. Your dentist can also advise you on the best steps to take following oral surgery in regards to your oral health.
Activity After Care
Be sure to keep physical activity to a minimum after an oral surgery as rest will help you recover faster. Exercising and raised heart rate can result in bleeding at the surgical site.
If you ever have questions about what steps to take before or after surgical care. get in touch with our team at Las Vegas Oral Surgery today, and our team can best advise you on pre and post-operative steps.