BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY
Just like any other surgical procedure the dental one is not without risks. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist in Croatia to avoid unnecessary complications.
- Two days before surgery it is necessary to stop with aspirin therapy or therapy with any other medication containing acetylsalicylic acid accept in the cases when the doctor’s recommendation is not to stop the therapy.
- Before you stop to take any medication it is necessary to consult with the doctor that prescribed that medicine!
- When making the appointment for the surgery it is necessary to inform the dentist about anticoagulant therapy.
- nform the dentist about therapy with any medication, chronic diseases, previous operations, radiation and allergies to medication and anaesthetics.
- When making the appointment it is important to warn the dentist about any contagious diseases so that he could protect you and himself and take extra precaution.
On the day of the surgery
- Be sure to eat a quality meal before the procedure.
- Light and comfortable clothes are desirable.
- Prepare ice at your home to cool down the operated area.
- Make a supply of cold meals like yogurt, ice cream, protein shakes, etc.
- It is preferable to have organised transport before and after the surgery. If necessary, the Fabris Centre can organise the transport for all of our patients.
Analgesics or painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs relieve the sense of pain, lower your temperature and act anti-inflammatory.
We also call them nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), they are necessary analgesics and are also often used for treating rheumatism.
After the surgery you can use drugs based on paracetamol: Efferalgan, Lekadol, Lupocet, Panadon baby, Panadon, Paracetamol Jadran, Plicet, Caffetin, Plivadon, Kafan, Saridon, Panadol Extra.
Drugs like Bonifen, Brufen, Ibuprofen and Neofen that are derivatives of the propionic acid are also used.
It is forbidden to use preparations based on acetylsalicylic acid like Andol, Aspirin, Alka Seltzer, Upsarin, Fortalgin, Coffalgin or Fenalgin. They reduce the platelet aggregation and slow down the healing of the wound and can also cause postoperative complications – prolonged bleeding.
Take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor and always take the whole dose.
Always alert your doctor to drug allergies.
If swelling occurs it will reach its maximum 72 hours after the procedure.
Swelling of the operated and surrounding area usually occurs after the surgery. To minimise the swelling it is recommended to cool down the area with ice. Ice wrapped in a cloth (not directly) is applied to the face above the treated area and held for about ten minutes. After that it is removed for also ten minutes. Continue applying as long as possible. The most important thing is to start cooling the area immediately after the surgery and repeat the procedure during 48 hours.
Frozen corn and peas make excellent ice packets.
Occasional bleeding is normal during the first two days after the surgery. In case of severe bleeding it is necessary to contact the doctor.
Do not shake or rinse the treated area during the first 24 hours. That can cause clot melting and lead to complications.
Brushing the teeth: start brushing and cleaning your teeth the day after the surgery but avoid the treated area! Do not use an electric toothbrush for up to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Rinsing the mouth: you can start rinsing the mouth with prescribed substances two days after the surgery. Gently pass over the stitches and remove the deposits with cotton wool or a q-tip soaked in rinse.
Do not use a water flosser and an electric toothbrush for up to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Do not use a straw, do not sip and rinse the mouth!
A proper diet is important for a normal healing in the first 24 hours. After the procedure the diet should be limited to cold liquid meals (eaten with a spoon, not a straw) like fruit shakes, vegetable shakes, ice cream, protein shakes and cold milk. It is important to avoid alcohol, peroxide and carbonated drinks.
Start gradually introducing soft food like oatmeal, grits, boiled vegetables, boiled fish (cooked), boiled pasta and soft fruits such as bananas to your diet after 24 hours. The meals must be prepared so that they are easily chewed and swallowed.
Do not eat hard food with sharp edges or little seeds for the first week after the procedure.
Do not skip meals.
Do not smoke for at least 3 days after the procedure!
Smoking harms the healing process of the tissue and will affect the results of the surgery.
It is necessary to rest on the day of the surgery and a day after the surgery.
Sleep in an elevated position by putting a few pillows under your back. That way you will alleviate the swelling.
You can return to your daily schedule of effortless activities after 24 hours.
Avoid efforts like lifting heavy loads, jogging and exercising for 10 days after the surgery.