Instructions for Apicoectomy Aftercare

  • Your local anesthesia will wear off in 2-4 hours. It is normal to feel tenderness in the treated area for the next few days. However, if you experience any swelling, fever, chills, or discomfort, such as a continuing dull ache lasting for longer than one week, please call us. 
  • Take medications as prescribed. (Do not use any medication your physician, pharmacist, etc. has advised you not to take.)  Please follow the manufacturer's instructions and discontinue alcohol use with medications. Take any/all routine medications as directed by your physician. Immediately stop using any drug that causes stomach upset or allergic reactions, including hives, rash, facial swelling, asthma, or wheezing. Seek immediate medical attention if any complications arise. 
  • Please rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. 
  • Apply ice to the surgical site for 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, for 6 hours after surgery. Applications after this period will have only a slight benefit. 
  • Eat meals regularly but avoid food that may traumatize the incision site. Avoid spicy and hot (temperature) foods. Good foods are eggs, soup, pancakes, milkshakes, or yogurt. Sleep with two pillows to slightly elevate your head during the first night. 

Next Steps

  • We will send a report that includes x-rays to your general dentist. 
  • If a specimen was sent to the pathologist, you will receive a statement from Oral Pathology Consultants.

Please contact us if you have additional questions! We're happy to help with any questions or concerns you have.

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