Post-Operative Fracture Instructions

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These instructions are designed to promote healing, safety and comfort.

  • Keep head elevated above your shoulders while sleeping for the first 3 days
  • Use wax over sharp wires for comfort
  • Use Vaseline or another soothing lip balm on lips as needed for comfort
  • Excellent oral hygiene is MANDATORY. Gently brush teeth with small, soft brush and toothpaste, and rinse with warm salt water (1/2 tsp in 8 oz water)
  • Proper nutrition must be maintained – high protein, high-calorie liquid diet.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not use mouthwash or peroxide
  • Avoid any further trauma to jaw. Restrict further exertion. Walking is encouraged.
  • Notify us for loose wired, ability to move jaw, teeth, fever, increasing swelling, redness, pain or drainage
  • Go to the Emergency Department immediately for difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • While you are using narcotic pain medicine, do not drive, drink alcohol or perform any activity which requires attentiveness.