Contact numbers after discharge:

Your first contact is your own dentist.

NHS 111 non emergency number is open 24 hours a day.

                                                                 

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Procedure: ………………………………………………..    

 

Follow up: …………………………………………

 

Medicines given

Drug Name                                       Dose                   at (Time)               Next due               

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A local anaesthetic is often used during the surgery. This may mean that your mouth feels numb when you wake up and for a few hours after the operation / procedure. Be careful not to chew or burn your lips whilst they are numb

First 24 hours

Please avoid:

    • Exercise / exertion
    • Gargling or swilling drink around the mouth
    • Drinking from straws
    • Smoking as this can cause bleeding
  • Keep head up (45 degrees)
  • Do not hold anything hot against the outside of the face
  • Do not eat / drink anything hot
  • Soft diet is recommended: Mash potatoes, jelly, scrambled egg, banana, macaroni cheese, soft cooked vegetables, warm soup
  • Foods that are not recommended: Crisps, Chips, Rice, Couscous, Biscuits, nuts

After 24 hours

  • Mouthwash as directed
    • Corsodyl Mouthwash (Use after every meal for seven to ten days)
    • Salt water mouthwash (Use regularly throughout the day and after meals if not using Corsodyl)
      • Mix one teaspoon of salt or bicarbonate of Soda in a mug of hot water- then leave to cool.
      • Take a large mouthful and tilt head to the side so the warm solution floors the inflamed area
      • Hold for one minute before spitting out
    • Use a Soft toothbrush to teeth: Avoid gum sockets

Pain relief

Please use usual analgesia such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. These are most effective if taken on a regular basis (before the pain starts) over the next two to three days.

What to do if bleeding occurs

A “Bite Pack” will be provided on discharge.

  • Wet the bite pack (provided on discharge) with warm water
  • Bite down on the damp bite pack for 20 minutes, sitting in an upright position.
  • Remove bite pack gently
  • Repeat if necessary
  • If the bleeding does not stop call one of the contact numbers above

Post anaesthetic

Following your anaesthetic, it is important that you do not drink alcohol, drive, use electrical items/ machinery, care for young children alone or sign legal documents during the first 48 hours.

Stitches

These are absorbable so will not need to be removed.

Review 04/20
Ref: 10-18-123