Post Treatment Care

Feel free to call Dr. Hamelburg if you have any questions or problems (781)-710-4708.

1. Ice
a) Hold ice on face for 10 minutes, then take it off for 10 minutes. Do this until you go to bed. Ice is used to prevent swelling.
b) This ice pack is disposable, throw it away when you get home and use an ice pack or bag of ice for the rest of the night.
c) Starting tomorrow DO NOT USE ICE, use moist heat as needed for swelling.
2. Rinsing and Spitting
a) No rinsing or spitting today. Starting tomorrow you will rinse with a prescription antibacterial mouth rinse.
b) It is o.k. to eat and drink.
c) The more you rinse, the more you will bleed.
d) A small amount of blood in your saliva is normal.
e) If it starts to bleed heavily, rinse a tea bag in cold water and place it on the area and apply pressure for 30 – 60 minutes.
f) If it doesn’t stop, call the doctor.
3. Food
a) Eat a nourishing soft diet this week.
b) Avoid hard crunchy foods (carrots, pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, chips or anything with seeds…)
c) Foods that are o.k. to eat include: eggs, yogurt, ice cream, milk shakes. Soup is good food.
4. Brushing
a) Do not brush the side of your mouth that was treated this week.
b) Brush and floss the rest of your mouth as normal.
c) When the sutures are removed, you can start cleaning the area again.
d) We will give you special tools to help.
5. Exertion
a) Avoid excessive exertion of any type for the first 24 hours following surgery.
b) Avoid staying in the sun for extended periods of time.
6. Smoking
a) If you are a smoker, we recommend that you avoid smoking for the first 2 weeks following surgery. This will aid in healing and prevent some undesirable complications after surgery.
7. Medications
a. Lodine – Etodolac. This is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory similar to but stronger than ibuprofen. There are no side effects and it is safe to drive and go to work when taking this medication. This can be taken every 8 hours (3 times a day
b. Percocet – Oxycodone. This is a strong narcotic medication. When taking, do not drive or go to work. This will make you drowsy. Do not drink alcohol when taking this medication. This should be taken with food so it will not upset your stomach. Take this every 4 – 6 hours as needed for pain. DO NOT TAKE BOTH MEDICATIONS TOGETHER. You can alternate them.
c. Peridex Rinse. This is a strong antibacterial mouth rinse which will keep your mouth clean while you are unable to brush the area. Rinse with this, starting tomorrow, twice a day – full strength for 30 seconds after brushing and flossing the rest of your mouth. Once in the morning, once at night. No eating or drinking for 1 hour after rinsing.
d. Antibiotics. If necessary we will give you a prescription. Please continue taking the antibiotic until finished. Note: Antibiotic use while taking birth control pills decreases its
efficiency, therefore, additional birth control measures should be used during antibiotic usage.
Phone: (781) 780-2246
Fax: (781) 598-3730
142A Canal St.
Salem, MA 01970