Do not disturb the wound.
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 wrapped in a towel on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply only twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off so that the skin does not burn and just until the patient or caregiver goes to bed for the evening. Only do this for the first 48 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft cold 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 possible. Please take the medications prescribed by Dr. Gunn
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning 48 hours 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 until one week following surgery. If you are considering 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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