Home Care Instructions After Oral Surgery
The “Pink Sheet”
When it comes to giving our patients after care instructions, we have got you covered! We always verbally go over how to take care of you or your loved one after surgery and send you home with what we call our “Pink Sheet”. Think of it as a step-by- step guide for what you need to do immediately after your surgery and in the days to follow for the best outcome. Our “Pink Sheet” has been years in the making and we have fine-tuned it so that the most important things to remember are all condensed in one place. Some of the highlights include:
- A soft food Diet. Typically for extractions like wisdom teeth or Dental Implants you will want to stick with soft foods for 5-7 days after If you’re not sure what to eat, please check out our handy list of soft foods under the Parents Corner on our website. Remember, DO NOT use a straw for 1 week! We know it’s not fun, but it really will make a difference in your recovery. If you start to eat things you shouldn’t too soon, your body (mainly your jaws) will let you know!
- Peak Pain and Swelling. This typically occurs on day 3 or 4. We like to let our patients know to anticipate this because sometimes they don’t have any pain or swelling at When it shows up days later, it may cause some people anxiety, but don1t be alarmed. This is normal!
- Expect to take 3-4 days of downtime to let your body rest and recover. Also, 1 week off of strenuous physical activity is needed for you to give yourself time to heal. A nice, slow walk is fine, just don’t do anything to get your heart rate up!
- Don’t forget your rinsing! We don’t want you to start until 24 hours after surgery, and make sure to do the “Special Rinse” if Dr. Rendulich prescribed it for you!
- Most Important. Follow the “Pink Sheet”!
Of course, we are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and no question is too “strange or weird” to ask us! Trust us, we have heard just about everything!
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns!
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