Post-Surgery Instructions

  1. Apply an ice pack over the area treated for the remainder of the day (15 minutes on then 15 minutes off).  This will reduce the amount of swelling that normally accompanies this procedure.
  2. A small amount of bleeding for the first 48 hours is normal.  Swelling may occur after surgery and is completely normal.  It may begin 24 hours after surgery then increase for 48 hours, then gradually subside.  Sleep with your head in an elevated position for the first couple of nights after surgery.
  3. Follow a soft diet for the first 48 hours.  Avoid hot and spicy foods.  Avoid or restrict smoking.
  4. Do not lift the lip or place the tongue on the area.  This may loosen the sutures.
  5. Do not brush near the area.  You may keep the mouth clean by gentle rinsing as described below.  Brush other areas as usual.
  6. Please wait a full 24 hours after surgery before rinsing your mouth.  After 24 hours, you may rinse with a warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt per 8 oz. glass).  Continue this until your post surgical visit 5-7 days later.  No mouth wash is to be used during this time as it is very irritating.
  7. Continue to take all medications prescribed until instructed otherwise.

Note: If your sinus was involved during surgery (the doctor and staff will inform you) please refrain from blowing your nose.  Please use a nasal decongestant spray to prevent congestion.  If blood is seen through the nose, this is not unusual and will subside within 48 hours.  If excessive bleeding is seen, please inform the office.

We expect your recovery period to be as uneventful as possible. However, if a question or concern should arise regarding your treatment, or if any of the following symptoms occur: severe pain, excessive bleeding, marked rise in temperature or unusual reaction to medications, feel free to contact our office.


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John P. Hoover, D.D.S.
Center for Endodontics
A Commitment to Gentle Care

Chattanooga Endodontist Dr. John Hoover is dedicated to Endodontics and Root Canal Therapy such as Endodontic Surgery and Traumatic Dental Injuries. The Center for Endodontics is located in Chattanooga, TN.

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