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post-op information

  • Painkillers and antibiotics will be prescribed. Please take as directed.  These will help minimise swelling, reduce discomfort, prevent infection and promote healing.
  • Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal.  Food left in the wound retards healing and invites infection.  Stitches often trap food and bacteria.  
  • The stitches usually dissolve and should fall out approximately 7 - 10 days after surgery.
  • If you experience any post-operative difficulties please do not hesitate to contact me.

Possible side effects after surgery

The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal.

  • The operation area will probably swell.  Swelling is most noticible on the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery and will begin to disappear after the fourth day.
  • Stiffness (trismus) of the jaw is nature's way of splinting and resting the part which needs to be repaired and usually relaxes from about the 4th to the 6th post-operative day.
  • Bruising may occur.  This first appears as swelling but often on the 2nd or 3rd day may discolour the face.  It will gradually disappear within a week to 10 days.
  • Other teeth may temporarily ache.  This is sympathetic (referred) pain and is a temporary condition.
  • There may be cavity where the tooth was removed.  This cavity will gradually fill in with new bone tissue.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or require further information.