1.) Protect the blood clot. Close mouth on the gauze pad and do not disturb it for at least 45 minutes to one hour. Do not pick at the clot. Do not drink through a straw and do not rinse or spit for the next 24 hours. DO NOT SMOKE FOR 24 HOURS.
2.) If it continues to bleed, bite on a gauze pad and keep it in place for another thirty (30) minutes. This may be repeated as long as necessary. Some oozing of the site may continue for as long as 24 hours. If Bleeding is persistent, you can apply a moist tea bag to area which should stop bleeding.
3.) Some discomfort is to be expected after treatment for 3-5 days.
4.) You should eat on the opposite side from the treatment site. If this is difficult, try a softer diet.
5.) A toothbrush should be carefully used. Do not damage the site, but keep the teeth clean. A healthy mouth heals faster. DO NOT SPIT OR SWISH AFTER BRUSHING TEETH. DO NOT RINSE WITH ANY SOLUTION.
6.) You may resume normal activity when the bleeding stops.
7.) Sutures (stitches): You may have had sutures placed. You will be told if they need to be removed. Most do not.
8.) Do not eat anything hard, crunchy, or hot for at least 24 hours.
9.) Avoid alcoholic beverages for 48 hours post operatively.
10.) Do not drink any carbonated beverages for at least 24.
hours. (Coke, Dr. Pepper etc.)
11.) Do not drink through a straw for 48 hours.
12.) No heavy lifting, bending, or exercising for 48 hours. Avoid all strenuous activity until 48 hours after surgery. (weight lifting, running, jogging)
13.) Cold compresses can be used immediately after oral surgery up to 24 hours post oral surgery. This can be applied in 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off intervals to help reduce swelling.
14.) Warm compresses can be used 24 hours after oral surgery for a few days post operatively to reduce swelling and jaw stiffness which normally occurs 24 hours to 72 hours post operatively. This can be applied in 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off intervals to help sooth area.
15.) Avoid warm salt water rinses until 48 hours after oral surgery procedure.
16.) Take all prescribed medications as directed by doctors/pharmacy orders.
17.) Antibiotics may make oral contraceptives ineffective leading to pregnancy.