FOR HOME CARE FOLLOWING APICOECTOMY
You have just had surgery on the root of your
YOU SHOULD EXPECT
of blood for the first 24 hours |
and minor discomfort may be experienced. If
surgery was performed in the lower jaw, a tingling of the lower lip is possible
due to stretching of the nerve supply in this area
discoloration may be present for up to 10 days following surgery.
This is a normal part of the healing process and will gradually disappear|
gums may recede, making your teeth look longer after surgery. The gum tissue between the teeth will look different.
Even though healing occurs rapidly, gum re-contouring occurs over weeks
INSTRUCTION TO FOLLOW:
leaving our office, rest as much as possible for the next 24 hours.
Avoid any strenuous activity for the next few days
not skip any meals. Drink plenty of
fluids. Avoid hot liquids and eat
only soft bland foods (soups, eggs, milk, etc) for the next two days. Avoid chewing in the operated area until the sutures are
removed, and avoid hard or chewy foods for one week
order to keep swelling to a minimum, place an ice pack on the face over the
operated area as recommended. The
ice should be used alternatively-20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for 4-6 hours
pain take Ibuprofen, naproxsyn or ketoprofen (Motrin, Advil, Aleve) or other
similar strength analgesics (Tylenol) for the next two days unless
contraindicated by any of your medical conditions.
Take it and/or additionally prescribed pain medication as directed
not lift your lip to examine the surgical area, you may tear the stitches
good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth
carefully after each meal, but avoid brushing the surgical area for two days.
At that time you may warm a tooth brush in hot water and gently clean the
tomorrow, use warm salt-water rinses (teaspoon of salt to a cup of water). Rinse
4-5 times a day for the next week. BreathRX may be used two times a day, but
avoid mouth rinses containing alcohol.
It is important that you return for a post-operative
visit within 5-7 days to remove the stitches and evaluate the healing.
Healing should be further evaluated
at one month and within a year
after the surgery.
Thus you need to
make your next appointment in one month and we will send you a recare card for
your one-year follow up appointment. There is no fee for these evaluation
appointments and they are an important part of your care.
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