These instructions must be followed to ensure proper healing after a dental treatment. Please note that discomfort and swelling are normal after mouth surgery.
After a cosmetic reconstruction
On the day of the surgery
- Put some ice on your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes per hour).
- If you are bleeding, bite on a gauze compress or lightly moistened teabag for 20 minutes.
- Bleeding and saliva tinted with blood are normal post-operative occurrences.
Things to avoid
- Do not eat until bleeding stops
- Do not drink through a straw
- Do not rinse your mouth or spit
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke
- Do not eat hard foods
- Do not engage in intense exercise; you should rest
- If you experience pain, take the medication prescribed to you
- Only consume soft foods and warm beverages
Starting the day after the surgery up until you’re fully healed
- Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (½ tsp. of salt in 1 cup of water) the day after your surgery
- Brush and floss your teeth every day to remove plaque and ensure the best long-term results. Avoid brushing your teeth in the sensitive area within 72 hours of the procedure
- Avoid eating hard food (nuts, candy, ice)
- Remember that smoking and drinking coffee, tea or red wine can stain your teeth
- If you do sports, order a custom-made mouthguard
- You may have trouble pronouncing words or experience an increase in saliva production. Everything should return to normal within a week
- Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days
- You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This should pass within four or five days
- If pain gets worse after three days, do not hesitate to call us
Please note that it takes time for your brain to recognize the new position and thickness of your teeth. As a result, it could take a few days or even weeks before you feel comfortable closing your mouth. If the problem persists after several weeks, call us at 514-425-2800, 514-421-3385.