Frenectomy & Apicoectomy Post Op


  1. Do not smoke for at least 48 hours after surgery.
  2. Use Vaseline or any bland ointment 3 times daily if necessary for dry lips.
  3. Take medication as directed. Over exertion for the first 2-3 days can cause throbbing pain as well as bleeding.
  4. Keep your diet soft for the first 3-4 days (milk, malted milk, ice cream, soup, fruit juices, smoothies, gelatine etc.).
  5. Swelling is to be expected, especially in the upper lip. Apply an ice bag to the area for 20 minutes and remove for 20 minutes as frequently as possible for the next 24 hours. We strongly suggest elevating the head by resting in a recliner chair or placing at least 2 pillows under the head during sleeping or waking hours.  The swelling peaks in 48 hours and then slowly recedes.
  6. Do not rinse mouth vigorously. Mouthwash should be used 24 hours after surgery to aid healing or you can make your own by dissolving 1/2 teaspoonful of table salt in a glass of warm water. Do not swish or spit.
  7. Call the office if excessive swelling, bleeding, pain, nausea or a temperature rise occurs day or night as there is a doctor on call at all times.

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Post Operative Pain Management

To decrease the number of narcotics our patients are being exposed to, we advise our patients to alternate Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin are all the same medication as are Acetaminophen and Tylenol.

We have our adult patients take 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours and 1000 mg of Acetaminophen in between doses of Ibuprofen. Patients are not to exceed 3200 mg in a 24-hour period of Ibuprofen or 3000 mg in a 24-hour period of Acetaminophen. Patients under the age of 12 should be given age and weight appropriate doses of Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen.

If you are unable to control pain with this regimen, we suggest adding the narcotic pain medication if one was prescribed. If you decide to take the narcotic, please stop taking the over-the counter Acetaminophen dosing. Most narcotics already have Acetaminophen in them. However, you should continue the Ibuprofen as this will help with the pain management and inflammation.

While taking the narcotic pain medication, patients cannot drive, operate heavy machinery, or sign legal documents. Please be sure to eat before taking any medication.

If you are on a blood thinner (excluding aspirin) DO NOT take Ibuprofen.

Avoid alcoholic beverages.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.


Antibiotic: ____________________________________

Pain Medication: _______________________________

Steroid: ______________________________________