Do not be alarmed if you experience minor bleeding for a certain period of time after surgery; this is normal. If, when you return home, you continue to bleed excessively, call Drs. Riendeau and Bonin's office emergency number immediately for instructions.
Over the next 48 hours, apply ice to reduce swelling, which is a normal part of the healing process. Swelling may increase over the next two or three days, but it will then gradually diminish.
The skin may also bruise, turning shades of black and blue to yellow, and then disappearing after a few days. If you have pain, take the analgesics that Dr. Riendeau or Dr. Bonin prescribed.
Remember: Smoking can adversely affect healing and the success of surgery.
24 hours following surgery, you may brush your teeth but do not brush the wound area. Wear your temporary dentures according to Dr. Riendeau or Dr. Bonin’s instructions.