POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR APICOECTOMY

BLEEDING:  Some minor bleeding is expected after Apicoectomy. It will usually subside quickly, and stop within an hour or two after surgery. A little oozing is normal and may persist for several hours.

SWELLING: You will likely experience some swelling after surgery. To help reduce the swelling:

1) Apply ice to the cheek or face next to the surgical site for 30 minutes on, 5 minutes off for the next 4-6 hours

2) Sleep with you head elevated slightly

EATING: Do not eat until the anesthetic has completely worn off.  Eat a soft diet for the next few days.  Avoid  small seeds.

BRUSHING: You may brush your teeth, avoiding the surgical area tonight. Be gentle, and do not spit or rinse forcefully.  Start brushing the teeth in the surgical area on the second day, and be very gentle around the stitches.

RINSING: You may start rinsing gently tomorrow with some warm salty water a few times per day.  Alternatively, you may use Listerine.

DO NOT SMOKE

NO EXERCISE FOR 24 HOURS

Please do not pull your lips or cheeks away to inspect the surgical site. Keep fingers away from the surgical area.  This action could possibly tear your sutures.

The sutures dissolve on their own and may start falling out by the third day, this is normal.

MEDICATIONS:

Take all medications as directed:

1) Antibiotics: Continue until the bottle is empty.

2) Pain Medicine: Continue as necessary. Remember: narcotics can make you drowsy.  No driving, operating machinery or alcoholic beverages while you are taking them.

3) Peridex Rinse – Rinse 2x/day for 1 week (If prescribed)

We are available to answer any questions or concerns you might have.  Dr. Dwosh or Dr. Fields is always available after hours for endodontic emergencies.  Instructions for reaching Dr. Dwosh or Dr. Fields after hours are available by calling the office directly at (905) 764-3663.