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Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS | Biopsy in Newark

Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS / Board Certified,  American Board of Periodontology
Fellow, Midwest Implant Institute




1.  You and/or your insurance company will receive a bill from the Oral Pathologist for his/her microscopic examination of the tissue submitted so don’t be surprised when that comes in the mail.

2.  Do not drive if you feel drowsy, dizzy, or at all faint;  you have had premedication or IV for sedation, do not drive.

3.  If bleeding continues, place a damp gauze, facial tissue, or damp tea bag over the area with your finger or thumb and hold it in place under pressure for 15 minutes.  Do not keep removing the gauze to look; just keep the pressure on for the full 15 minutes without moving it.  If the area still bleeds (you see it running out and down the throat or a big, jelly-looking clot forms0, then call Dr. Bauman.  You may see some slight oozing in the area for a day or so but there should not be significant bleeding.  You may want to use old linens on your bed so that you don't stain them if you happen to ooze a little at night.  If bleeding starts again later, just dampen a folded gauze and place it over the site again.  Do not remove the gauze frequently to look at the area.  Leave it in place at least 6 minutes.  The mouth will feel sticky and dry when bleeding occurs, but you must not create suction in your mouth in order to gather the blood together to spit out and do not rinse.  These activities will just break the clot.

4.  Use the pain medications as instructed.  Take all medications with a full 8 ounce glass of water to help prevent stomach irritation and nausea.  Ibuprofen or Tylenol is usually adequate to control discomfort.  If Dr. Bauman felt you might need additional pain control, you will have been provided with a narcotic (Percocet or Vicodin) or you may call Dr. Bauman for a prescription if needed.  If you do take the narcotic (Vicodin/ Percocet), you do not have to stop taking the Ibuprofen, just don't take it at the same time as the narcotic. Allow about 30 minutes between taking the two medications so both aren’t in your stomach at once.  Sit or lie still after taking narcotics as movement tends to cause dizziness and nausea.  Narcotics sometimes cause nausea and vomiting.  This is not an allergic response but a side effect that occurs in some people.  Discontinue the narcotic for these symptoms, but realize that there is not another pain medication available that can be substituted for the narcotic.

5.   Home care:  You must keep your tongue away from the surgical site.  Movement is detrimental to healing.  Since you will not be able to brush and floss in the surgical site for a while, Peridex will be used to control bacterial levels in the surgical area.  You should brush and floss your other teeth as usual starting the day after surgery.  Try to confine the use of Peridex or Listerine mouthwash to the surgical site as it can stain the teeth and porcelain fillings.   Pool and bathe the surgical site with the Peridex or Listerine, but do not swish vigorously with the Peridex since this may cause movement of the wound.

6.  Diet:  You must be on a liquid diet for 1 day (the consistency may be that of a milk shake or pudding).  Do not use a straw for drinking as the suction may disrupt the surgical site.  Beginning on the second day, you may eat a normal diet carefully in small bites on the other side of the mouth.

7.  No heavy exercise for 2 daysAvoid smoking for 2 days if possible.