Instructions Following Endodontic Microsurgery

1. Maintain rest for the balance of the day, with only light activity, if necessary.

2. Do not raise your lip to look at the surgical area. This may open the incision or delay healing.

3. Take special precautions while eating until all the effects of the local anesthesia are gone.

4. To aid in the healing process, maintain a soft nutritious diet. Crusty foods should be avoided. Be sure to drink large amounts of liquids. A multi-vitamin supplement is recommended as an aid to wound healing.

5. Have any new prescriptions filled and taken as directed.**

6. Do not smoke the first 24 hours following surgery.
 
7. The operated area is expected to swell. To control swelling, place an ice bag over the surgical area, applying and removing it at 15 minute intervals for the remainder of the day.

8. Avoid rinsing during the first 24 hours. Thereafter, you may want to gently rinse with warm salt water rinses after meals and before bedtime. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. If Peridex is prescribed, use as directed. Brush teeth normally but avoid the soft tissue in the surgical area.

9. The following are expected and should cause no concern:

     a.  slight oozing of blood for 36-48 hours

     b.  swelling within the first 24-48 hours, especially the morning following surgery

     c.  mild discomfort

     d.  discoloration and bruising of the skin, eye, lips and cheeks

10. Any unusual symptoms such as excessive bleeding, swelling or elevated temperature should be reported immediately. Our telephone is answered 24 hours per day.

11. Anticipate a post-operative appointment a few weeks following your surgical procedure.

**If you have been prescribed antibiotics and are taking Birth Control Pills, you must use alternative methods of birth control to avoid pregnancy. Antibiotics may block the protective action of the Birth Control Pills. Once you are no longer taking the antibiotics medication, continue the use of alternative birth control methods until your next menstrual cycle.