Pre and Post Operative Services
Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed immediately before your appointment.
1. The night before surgery eat a light, easily digestible meal, consume no alcoholic beverages and retire early.
2. For morning surgery, nothing to eat or drink after midnight- NOT EVEN WATER. Morning medications are permitted if taken before 7 a.m. with a small amount of water.
3. For afternoon surgery, a light breakfast is permitted as long as you have had nothing to eat or drink for 8 full hours prior to surgery- NOT EVEN WATER.
4. Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed immediately before your appointment.
5. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting, short sleeved clothing and no jewelry---including piercings.
6. A responsible person must accompany you and drive you home after the operation. He or she must remain in the waiting room for the entire appointment.
Under no circumstances may you drive a motorized vehicle after surgery until the following day. No public transportation unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you have a medical condition or you are taking any medications YOU MUST inform the receptionist and doctor.
We are particularly interested in these: DIABETES, RHEUMATIC FEVER, are taking STEROIDS, have a HEART OR LUNG CONDITION. Also, if you are ALLERGIC TO ANY MEDICATIONS or have a bleeding problem this may influence your treatment.
This information must be given at the time your appointment is made.
We have prepared the following post-operative instructions for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to bring them to our attention.
In case of profuse bleeding, uncontrolled pain, persistent nausea or abnormal elevation of temperature, call our office at 219.757.5700.
Place gauze pads directly over the extraction site and bite to apply pressure for one half hour. This is the best way to stop bleeding from a tooth socket and should be repeated as often as needed. Rest quietly with head elevated until bleeding stops.
The best way to prevent infection is to keep your mouth clean. This should be done with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste after meals and at bedtime. Should bleeding resume, repeat the use of the gauze method as mentioned above.
Pain may be most severe the first day, and then diminish each day thereafter. Renewed pain three to four days later, severe enough to interrupt sleep, may indicate a healing problem. You should call first and return to our office as soon as possible. Should you have a fever, (temperature of 100 degrees or above) beyond the first day, or have any difficulty you consider abnormal, contact our office.
Swelling should it occur, is not uncommon, and, may become progressively worse the first three days, and may not subside completely for several days.
The day of your surgery, keep your diet soft. Starting the day after your surgery, eat as well as you can, even if it means relying entirely on liquids.
If medications have been ordered for you, take them as directed on the label, with a full glass of liquid. If pain or nausea persists, contact our office.
You may use an ice bag to reduce discomfort, swelling and bleeding during the first twelve hours. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water or mouthwash, beginning the day after surgery and until you heal.
Avoid vigorous rinsing, sucking on the wound, frequent spitting, smoking, sucking through a straw and exercising until bleeding has stopped. If you received a general anesthetic, do not drive or return to work or school the day of your surgery. Avoid any strenuous or hazardous activities.