Post-operative Surgery Instructions
These instructions are designed to help minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention. At your surgical appointment, written post-operative instructions will be provided and reviewed.
It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed to stay ahead of the discomfort. It is advisable to not take the pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.
As an alternative to prescription medication, some patients may take a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol. You may take the combination in either of the following dosages: 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 2 Regular Strength Tylenol or 3 Advil Liqui-Gels and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours as needed.
Please note that when taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol, as we do not want you to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities to antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to take for your surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Take as directed until the dose is completed. For women taking birth control, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness. Occasionally, antibiotics can upset the stomach and probiotics or Acidophilus can help to replenish the stomach flora and reduce the discomfort. Please advise the office if the symptoms persist or if you have an allergic reaction.
Swelling can be expected and is a normal response to surgical therapy. It is typically the greatest 3 to 4 days after surgery. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first day. Swelling should gradually dissipate after 4 days. Once the swelling starts to go down, you may result in a bruise. The bruising could last for up to 14 days after your surgery.
A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:
• do not rinse your mouth
• elevate your head when lying down
• apply a moistened tea bag (not herbal) to the surgical area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary
• call the office if bleeding persists
A periodontal dressing acts as a bandage and is used to protect the surgical site and to help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off, do not try to replace it. The dressing serves as an extra layer of protection and will not compromise the overall healing. Please contact the office if you have any concerns.
You should stay well hydrated. You may start drinking nutritious fluids such as juice, milk and smoothies as soon as you get home. Drink normally out of a glass and avoid using a straw. Avoid hot liquids on the day of and day after surgery, as they increase the blood flow and your surgical site could start to bleed. Please remember that adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.
Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.
Brushing and Rinsing
Do not rinse for the first 12 hours as you could disturb the surgical site. We advise a gentle “soak” of moving the mouth rinse back and forth inside your mouth as opposed to a vigorous rinse. Do not brush or floss the surgical site.
Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Vancouver Office Phone Number 604-738-3626. After hours, you may call or text Dr. Yamaoka at 604-788-6476.