Dr. med. dent. et MSc. Michael Zehm, Master of Science in Parodontologie & Implantattherapie, Mitglied SSO Rübeldorfstrasse 21, CH - 3792 Saanen, T +41 33 748 3792, F +41 33 748 3793, info@zehmdental.ch DO‘s AND DON’Ts AND sTEPs TO TAKE AFTER AN OP Please observe the following after having had oral surgery: Insofar as you have been prescribed medications, please take them according to the instructions. Please take pain medications as needed. Avoid taking Acetylsalicylic (as for example in aspirin) on the day of the surgery, as it can lead to postoperative bleeding.
Please take antibiotics continually for at least 7-8 days, following the dosage and times to be taken exactly. Used any other way, these medications do more harm than good.
Bite for ca. 30 minutes on the gauze pad and then spit it out. If postoperative bleeding occurs, bite again for ca. 30 minutes on one of the pads sent home with you or on a clean cloth handkerchief. During the following hour do not drink, eat or rinse out your mouth. If these measures are not effective call us immediately for postoperative treatment.
Don’t eat until the anesthesia has totally worn off. Please do not drink any alcohol or coffee on the day of the procedure and the day after, and avoid milk products.
Don’t rinse your mouth on the day of the operation in order to avoid the danger of postope-rative bleeding. Do your daily oral hygiene as usual, but try not to come into contact with the wound. If a medicated oral rinse is used, the mechanical oral hygiene can be neglected for a few days, as the bacteria are in this case chemically destroyed. The best thing to do is to let the solution soak in and then rinse without pressure for the first two days.
Pain after the anesthesia has worn off is completely normal. Beyond this, there also may be swelling. Therefore, take a pain reliever as needed. These help to minimize the swelling as well. Avoid heavy physical efforts and sports activities in the first three days after the operation. You can also help to ease the pain with cooling in the first one to three days. Apply an ice bag or a cold pack wrapped in cloth outside of the area where surgery occurred. Cool the area often and repeatedly. Swelling is usually the most prominent in the morning after a night’s sleep, since during the night no cooling can take place. The swelling is normal and will go down with further cooling. It is also better to have your head somewhat elevated during the night.
Please refrain from smoking as long as possible after the operation, since smoking hinders the healing of the wound and this could lead to unpleasant complications.
Please do not blow your nose and if possible do not sneeze after a maxillary sinus opera-tion. If you must sneeze, do it with the mouth open.
Should you still have strong pain or swelling in the wound area ca. 2-3 days after the operation, call us immediately and come in to be checked and/or for postoperative treat-ment.
The stitches are usually taken out about 7-10 days after surgery. In case of an urgent emergency, please call our practice phone number +41 33 748 3792 during our office hours or the practice mobile number +41 79 752 60 80 after hours. Otherwise call the dental emergency service, which you can reach by calling the number at Saanen Zweisimmen +41 33 729 26 26. They will inform you which dentist is on duty.

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