Post Surgery

Osseous Surgery

  1. After your procedure please do not disturb the area. Avoid forcefully rinsing or spitting. Do not drink through a straw.
  2. Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 hours. Biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the wound for 30 minutes will help reduce bleeding. If bleeding continues, please call our office at 212-382-2999.
  3. Please take all medications, including mouth rinses, as prescribed.
  4. After 24 hours, warm salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water) can be used four to five times a day after meals.
  5. After 24 hours, brush your teeth with a soft manual toothbrush. Be gentle with brushing the surgical areas.
  6. Sutures may be placed after the surgery and most sutures dissolve on their own.
  7. Swelling and bruising may occur. The use of ice packs following your surgery will help diminish the swelling in the next 48-72 hours. Applying ice for 15-20 minutes followed by resting the same amount of time works very well. After 24 hours, if swelling is till present, apply a warm pack to aid in comfort and reduce swelling and bruising. Alternate the warm pack on and off in 15 minute intervals, as needed.
  8. Drink plenty of fluids. Stay away from spicy foods, and sharp and crunchy foods like tacos, chips and nuts. Tobacco and alcohol should not be used 24 hours following surgery. Alcohol should not be used in combination with pain medications nor antibiotics.
  9. Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery.
  10. If have any questions or concerns, or in the event in an emergency, please call our office at 212-514 5514. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.