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Although usually not significant and almost always very temporary, the following are some normal post operative symptoms that could be experienced following surgery: infection, swelling, pain, bruising, limited jaw opening, bleeding, recession, altered neurosensation, or sensitive teeth.

The following prescription medications and non prescription medications may be used to help minimize these complications and aid in the success and comfort of the procedure. NOTE: As with all medications, you must closely follow the directions on the bottle or as prescribed.


Oral Sedation (Triazolam) or Conscious Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)

INFECTION Amoxicillin or Clindamycin (For those allergic to Penicillin) This helps to minimize the possibility of an infection developing during the healing.

PAIN and DISCOMFORT Alternating Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen has been found to have a greater success in pain reduction.

The following prescription to self administering both Acetaminophen (a.k.a Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (a.k.a Advil) is as follows:

  • BEGIN WITH…1000mg of Acetaminophen
  • TWO (2) HOURS LATER… 600mg of Ibuprofen
  • TWO (2) HOURS FOLLOWING… 1000mg of Acetaminophen
  • TWO (2) HOURS FOLLOWING THAT… 600mg of Ibuprofen

Carry on the above dosage as directed for 3-4 days or as prescribed for pain control.

As with all medications, if you have an adverse reaction, stop medication immediately and contact your medical physician.

PAIN and SWELLING Dexamethasone Injection

This is an injection given by the dentist at the time of surgery to help minimize pain and swelling. There is fee for this medication which will be included on your estimate.

ANTIMICROBIAL Chlorhexidine Mouth Rinse

This helps minimize bacteria in the mouth that could affect healing * May cause some tooth stain that can be removed by a courtesy polishing in our officeThis article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.