You may feel weak during the first couple of hours after the surgery. Try to avoid physical activity and sauna at least a couple of days after your surgery to avoid haemorrhage. Avoid touching the wound with your fingers, tongue or any other object. Also retain from sucking the wound. Do not apply any powders, drops, ointments or pills on the wound since it may result in inflammation.
RINSING YOUR MOUTH AND BRUSHING YOUR TEETH
It is not advisable to strongly rinse your mouth on the day of surgery. During the following days you can use a mouthwash containing chlorohexidine (available in our clinic as well as in pharmacies.) Wash your mouth twice a day, 30 minutes after brushing your teeth, for one minute. Do not rinse your wound for more than two weeks unless the doctor has advised otherwise. The mouthwash may cause some pigmentation, but this is easily removable after the treatment. If you experience gum sensitivity or a burning sensation, water down your mouthwash or contact your doctor. During the first couple of days avoid using toothpaste, otherwise, brush as usually, but try not to irritate the area operated on. However, the use of an electric toothbrush in not advisable. Keep in mind, that good oral hygiene is essential for avoiding inflammations.
Avoid eating and drinking for two hours after the surgery. During the next couple of days, eat softer foods. Avoid smoking on the day of the surgery and refrain from drinking alcohol after the operation, especially while taking medication.
Once the anaesthesia wears off, you may feel some discomfort. This may continue for several days after the surgery. To reduce the pain, use regular painkillers available in pharmacies (such as those containing ibuprofen or several components) or painkillers prescribed by your doctor. Please follow the doctor’s instructions carefully.
All surgical procedures cause swelling, it is the strongest on the day after your surgery and will decrease during four to seven days. To avoid swelling, ice the area operated on right after the surgery. Place a bag of ice on the area operated on (extra orally) and keep it there for 30 minutes. Repeat three to four times a day. Starting from the third day, you may speed the healing by warming the area with a warm water bottle, preferably for 15 minutes, once or twice a day. The swelling often impedes opening the mouth, this will disappear along with the swelling. Under no circumstances place any pledgets on the wound
On the day of the surgery the wound may haemorrhage slightly. If it gets more severe or continues on the next day, do the following: (1) Take a sterile dressing and make a tampon the size of the tip of your thumb and place it on the wound. (2) Then press your teeth together so that the tampon presses on the haemorrhaging wound and keep it there for 30 minutes (watch the clock.) (3) Carefully remove the tampon; if the bleeding continues, repeat. (4) Most importantly, stay calm! Try to be in a half-sedentary position and place a bag of ice on your face on the area of the operation. NB! Medications containing acetylsalicylic acid may increase the bleeding!
Post operation bruising may occur, it can be rather extensive and spread to your neck. This will disappear within a week without any permanent damage.
Despite using medications, your body temperature may be elevated on the day after your surgery.
IN CASE OF CONTINUAL HAEMORRHAGE, HIGH FEVER OR SEVERE PAIN, CONTACT A DOCTOR!