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Manhattan Oral Surgery Group
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Surgical Instructions

The oral surgeon will discuss in detail post-up instructions. You may call the office at any time with questions on care instructions after procedures.

Please see below for dental surgery instructions:

Before Anesthesia

•  You may not eat or drink (water included) for eight hours prior to the appointment.
•  An adult must accompany the patient to the office, wait with the patient, and drive the patient home.
•  The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
•  Wear loose fitting clothing and limit makeup and jewelry.
•  If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Del Valle or Dr. Shahgoli prior to your surgical date for instructions.

General Post-Op Instructions

•  Do not rinse your mouth on the day of surgery, begin gently rising the following day, every 3-4 hours (especially after meals) using 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
•  Following extractions some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for 10 minutes. Repeat as necessary until bleeding stops.
•  To reduce swelling, ice packs wrapped in a towel should be applied to affected area one 1⁄2 hour on and one 1⁄2 hour off for 4 to 5 hours.
•  To treat mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of medication. If you are given a prescribed medication take only as the surgeons have directed.
•  Resume drinking and eating only after the bleeding stops and the anesthesia wears off. Maintain a diet of soft, nutritious foods for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
•  Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing; These are not roots, if annoying please return to the office for their simple removal.
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Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
16 E 52nd Street, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 245-5801
Fax: (646) 607-2957
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