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Surgical Instructions

Before Anesthesia
Tooth Removal
Dental Implant Surgery
Bone Grafts
Exposure of Impacted Teeth

Before Anesthesia

Anesthesia/Surgical Pre-Operative Instructions
Thank you again for selecting Spokane Oral Surgery to provide your clinical and surgical care. To help us provide the absolute best treatment, we ask that you follow these essential pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
•  Please do not eat or drink anything (even water) after midnight or at least six hours before your surgery, unless directed otherwise by your surgeon. If you have anything to eat or drink, it is vital that you inform Dr. Paxton upon your arrival at the clinic. Eating or drinking prior to your surgery may force your procedure to be rescheduled or cancelled.
•  Daily medications may be taken with a minimal amount (sips) of water. Dr. Paxton will tell you which medications you should take the morning of your procedure. Special instructions for diabetics who take insulin will be provided.
•  Please wear loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves. This will allow placement of the required monitors without difficulty and provide more accurate diagnostic information during your anesthesia.
•  Please do not wear any makeup or jewelry.
•  Please visit the restroom immediately before your appointment time.
•  You should not do the following for 24 hours after your sedation/anesthesia:
•  Drive a motor vehicle
•  Operate or work around machinery
•  Make financial or significant personal decisions
•  Drink alcohol
•  You should plan on resting the remainder of the day following your surgery. Someone should be available to check on you throughout the day or provide assistance at night if necessary.
•  A responsible adult must accompany you before your anesthesia or sedation can be started. That person must remain in the reception area during the appointment and is responsible for driving you home after release from the clinic.
•  Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of surgery.
•  If you develop symptoms of a chest or head cold, please contact us prior to your appointment.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your planned anesthesia/surgery or overall treatment, at (509) 242-3336.

Tooth Removal

The removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure. Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if you follow instructions carefully.

Immediately Following Surgery:
•  The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded.
•  Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
•  Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anesthetic beginning to wear off.
•  Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
•  Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed. Refer to the section on swelling for explanation.

A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary.

If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for thirty minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag will help to form a clot by contracting bleeding vessels. To minimize further bleeding, do not become excited, sit upright, and avoid exercise. If bleeding does not subside, call for further instructions.

The swelling that is normally expected is usually proportional to the surgery involved. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is the body’s normal reaction to surgery and eventual repair.

The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until two to three days post-operatively. However, the swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs. Two baggies filled with ice or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be left on continuously while you are awake.

After 36 hours, ice has no beneficial effect. If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days, there is no cause for alarm. This is a normal reaction to surgery. Thirty-six hours following surgery, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face is beneficial for reducing the size of the swelling.

For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours, or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) in the amount of two to four 200 mg tablets may be taken every three to four hours.

For severe pain, take the tablets prescribed as directed. The prescribed pain medicine will make you groggy and slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more every day. If it persists, it may require attention and you should call our office.

Liquids should be initially taken after general anesthetic or IV sedation. Do not use straws. Drink from a glass. The sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot.

You may eat anything soft by chewing away from the surgical sites. High-calorie, high-protein intake is very important. Refer to the section on suggested diet instructions. Nourishment should be taken regularly. You should prevent dehydration by taking fluids regularly.

Your food intake will be limited for the first few days. You should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least five to six glasses of liquid should be taken daily. Try not to miss a single meal.

You will feel better, have more strength and less discomfort, and heal faster if you continue to eat. Caution: If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position, you may become dizzy. If you are lying down following surgery, make sure you sit for one minute before standing.

Keep the Mouth Clean
No rinsing of any kind should be performed until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth the night of surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery, you should begin rinsing at least five to six times a day, especially after eating, with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

In some cases, discoloration of the skin follows swelling. The development of black, blue, green, or yellow discoloration is due to blood spreading beneath the tissues. This is a normal post-operative occurrence that may occur two to three days post-operatively. Moist heat applied to the area may speed up the dissipation of the discoloration.

If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Antibiotics will be given to help prevent infection. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction. Call the office if you have any questions.

Nausea and Vomiting
In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour, including the prescribed medicine. You should then sip on Coke, tea, or ginger ale. You should sip slowly over a 15-minute period. When the nausea subsides, you can begin taking solid foods and the prescribed medicine.

Other Complications:
•  If numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue occurs, there is no cause for alarm. As stated before surgery, this is usually temporary in nature. You should be aware that if your lip or tongue is numb, you could bite it and not feel the sensation, so be careful. Call our office if you have any questions.
•  Slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, notify our office. Tylenol or ibuprofen should be taken to reduce the fever.
•  You should be careful going from a lying-down position to standing. You could get light-headed when you stand up suddenly. You were not able to eat or drink prior to surgery. It was also difficult to take fluids. Taking pain medications can make you dizzy. Before standing up, you should sit for one minute, then get up.
•  Occasionally, patients may feel hard projections in the mouth with their tongue. They are not roots, they are the bony walls that supported the tooth. These projections usually smooth out spontaneously. If not, they can be removed by Dr. Paxton.
•  If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.
•  Sore throats and pain when swallowing are not uncommon. The muscles get swollen. The normal act of swallowing can become painful. This will subside in two to three days.
•  Stiffness (Trimus) of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.

Sutures are placed the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. Sometimes they become dislodged, but this is no cause for alarm.

Just remove the suture from your mouth and discard it. The rest of the sutures will be removed approximately one week after surgery. The removal of sutures requires no anesthesia or needles. It takes only a minute or so, and there is no discomfort associated with this procedure. So it’s really nothing to worry about.

The pain and swelling should subside more each day following surgery. If your post-operative pain or swelling worsens or unusual symptoms occur, call our office for instructions.

There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. Over the next month, the cavity will gradually fill in with new tissue. In the mean time, the area should be kept clean, especially after meals, with salt water rinses or a toothbrush.

Your case is individual; no two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the persons best able to help you effectively: Dr. Paxton, a member of our team, or your family dentist.

Brushing your teeth is okay, just be gentle at the surgical sites.

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site and even pain to the ear may occur two to three days following surgery. Call the office if this happens.

If you are involved in regular exercise, be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light-headed, stop exercising.

Dental Implant Surgery

Post-Operative Instructions for Osseointegrated Implant Placement
It is essential for the early healing process that the following directions are observed during the first two weeks after the operation:

Head Position
If possible, an elevated head rest (an extra pillow) should be used during the first two nights post-operatively to reduce swelling in the operated areas.

Ice Packs
Apply an ice pack to the outside of the face over the surgical site to reduce swelling. Leave the pack on for 20 minutes, then off for ten minutes. This can be repeated up to 24 hours to help reduce swelling, pain, and bleeding.

First six days: A soft diet only. This is to avoid inadvertent food particles contaminating the wound.
Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages should be avoided during this time period.

Post-Op Bleeding
Should any oozing of blood occur in the operated jaw, it may usually be stopped by softly biting down for one hour on a roll of gauze dressing soaked in salt-water solution. If the bleeding does not stop by doing this, you should contact us immediately.

Mouth Rinsing
After 24 hours, the mouth should be gently rinsed after each meal with a salt-water solution. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Specific mouth rinses or other disinfectants should not be used, unless prescribed by Dr. Paxton.

Old dentures may not be worn until refitting adjustments (relining) have been made. Insertion of dentures too early may jeopardize a successful healing process.

Avoid any activity or sport that might expose you to a blow to the mouth or jaw.

Pain medication (Vicodin, Lortabs, etc.): Take one when you arrive home. Avoid taking aspirin or aspirin-containing compounds one week prior to and one week after surgery.

CAUTION: Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery while on pain medication.

1.  Excessive bleeding
2.  Any unusual drainage or pus from mouth
3.  Any itching, rash, or reaction to any of the medications
4.  Temperature above 100 degrees (measured intraorally)

If you are in doubt or there is any sign whatsoever of a disorder related to the healing of the implant areas, you are kindly requested to contact us.

Bone Grafts

Also called regenerative surgery, a bone graft is used to recreate bone and soft supporting tissues lost due to periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, you may be losing bone support around your teeth. In order to avoid extractions, your periodontist may recommend regrowing the lost bone with a graft.

The goal of bone grafting is to encourage the body to rebuild the bone and other structures that attach a tooth to the jaw. First, your periodontist will separate the gums from your teeth in order to gain access to the roots and bone. The roots will be thoroughly cleaned, and the holes in the bone will be filled with a graft material that usually consists of your own bone.

After this process is completed, the periodontist will put the gums back in place and stitch them together. Over the next few months, the grafted material will be encouraged to grow, which will fill in for lost bone and soft tissue.

Ridge Augmentation
A common use of bone grafting is for ridge augmentation. Ridge augmentation can recapture the natural contour of your gums and jaw after the loss of a tooth as a result of trauma, congenital anomalies, infection, or periodontal disease.

Achieving an ideal amount of gum and bone as a support to surrounding restorations or implants may require hard and soft tissue reconstruction. After the loss of one or more teeth, your gums and jawbone may become indented where the tooth or teeth used to be. This occurs because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place.

Not only is this indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth, and this can create an area that is difficult to keep clean.

Ridge augmentation uses bone and tissue-grafting procedures to fill in the indented area of the jaw and gums, which should leave you with a smooth gum line that coexists with your restoration or dental implant.

Exposure of Impacted Teeth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not be alarmed.

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, a plastic bag, or a towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, one or two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets; two to three tablets may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

Oral Hygiene
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you attempt exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light-headed, stop exercising.
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