Pin Hole Grafting Post Op Care

Pin Hole Grafting Post Op Care

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PINHOLE GRAFTING POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS FOR 6 WEEKS

DO NOT:

  • NO BRUSHING OVER SURGICAL SITE(S).
  • NO FLOSSING (Water-Pik ONLY from tongue-side or inside on low)
  • NO TOUCHING: with finger or any other device or object.
  • NO KISSING or licking surgical area.
  • Do not use cotton swabs, cloth or any soft or hard object to clean area.
  • Do not sleep with hands under the cheek where surgery was done.
  • No facial massages for 3 weeks or massage that area of the face for any reason.
  • NO LOOKING: Do not obsess over or question Doctor about appearance of gums for 6 weeks. You cannot look without pulling cheek.
  • RINSE ONLY WITH LIPS APART: SLOSHING ONLY.
  • NO Chipmunk cheeks when you rinse.
  • Do not play wind instruments for 3 weeks.
  • Do not suck on straws.
  • Do not blow balloons.
  • No spitting.
  • No mints over surgical area.
  • No smoking, chewing tobacco, cigar, pipe or recreational marijuana. Please consult doctor if you use marijuana for medical purposes.
  • No clenching or grinding of the teeth.
  • No heavy lifting that require clenching of the teeth.
  • No heavy aerobics or vigorous dancing or physical activity for 3 weeks.
  • No snorkeling for 6 months.
  • DO NOT BE ALARMED ABOUT SOFT SWELLING OR BRUISING FOR THE FIRST WEEK.
  • DO NOT EAT crunchy or sticky food that can get stuck on or in between your teeth. NO CHOCOLATE.
  • EXPECT cold sensitivity for 6 weeks or longer. PLEASE REPORT any sensitivity during check-up appointments.

DO:

  • WEAR PRESCRIBED BITE APPLIANCE 24 HOURS A DAY, if instructed. Check with Doctor about any other appliances (e.g., retainers, Invisalign, Perio-Protect, Sleep Apnea appliance, CPAP, intraoral sleep appliance, sports guards, etc).
  • ICE OVER AREA at 10 minute intervals for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling.
  • PAIN CONTROL- take one each of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NSAID (Motrin or Advil) at the same time, subject to other instructions by Doctor.
  • CALL DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE UNEXPECTED PAIN, CONTINUOUS BLEEDING, OR HEAT FROM SURGICAL SITE.
  • Patient MUST return to our office 24 hours after surgery, 1 week after surgery, 3 weeks after surgery, and 6 weeks after surgery.
  • After the 6th week you may brush surgical area with special extra soft brush dispensed or ordered by this office for 6 MONTHS.

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