Posted on 5/20/2019 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
There are many reasons that a person may require oral surgery; tooth extractions, tissue grafts or some other periodontal or restorative surgery just to name a few. After oral surgery, you can expect some bleeding for the first couple of days and we want to help you manage that so that you can heal quickly.
One of the most important things you can do before your surgery is to communicate with our surgeons about what kinds of medications you are currently taking. Not only can certain medications cause excessive bleeding, so can some types of herbal and dietary supplements, so it is imperative that you let us know what medications you are taking regularly.
Once you are home, you can expect bleeding for the first 8 to 12 hours. This is within the realm of 'normal' bleeding after oral surgery. Any bleeding or complications following that time frame should be reported to us right away so that we can check and make sure everything is alright with your surgical site.
Sleeping or resting in an inclined position, either in a recliner or with lots of pillows in bed or on the couch can be helpful in keeping the bleeding to a minimum, and resting is the most effective way to heal. For the first hour after your surgery, do not remove the gauze pad that we have placed over the site. After an hour, you may change it and apply gentle pressure to the site by gently biting on the gauze.
Please be sure that you do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours following surgery, nor should you actively chew the gauze or suck at the wound in your mouth. This will prevent healing. Avoid hot foods or drinks and all alcohol and tobacco products.
If you notice any sudden bleeding or your bleeding doesn't subside after 12 hours, please call our office immediately.
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