PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS IF YOUR JAW IS WIRED SHUT
- Rinse mouth at least 6 times a day with the saline or salt water provided. Use small curved-tip syringe. Draw salt water into syringe and squirt into mouth. Rinse your mouth every time you eat or drink.
- Brush teeth, gums, and wires every time you eat or drink at least 3 to 4 times a day.
- Use wax to cover wires that may be causing discomfort, such as poking your cheeks, lips, or gums. Do this by taking a small piece of wax and covering the wire at the site of discomfort. Remove the wax before brushing teeth and eating or drinking.
- Use Vaseline to keep lips moist for problem with dryness.
- You may use liquid Ibuprofen along with your pain medicine or when you are out of the prescribed pain medicine. Use the clear plastic medicine cup to measure 20 cc’s of the liquid Ibuprofen with a concentration of 100 mg’s per 5 cc’s, which is equal to 400 mg’s per dose. You can take this every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. Do not take the Ibuprofen or your medicine on an empty stomach. Also, alternate the pain medicine and the Ibuprofen, do not take it together.
- If you need more saline for mouth rinses, mix one (1) teaspoon of table salt with 500 cc’s of water. Use the saline bottle provided to measure the water. Shake well to dissolve the salt.
- Take antibiotics and use mouth rinse prescribed as directed until it is all gone.
- Use meal information provided to select foods to eat and use a blender to puree the food. Good nutrition is important for proper healing.
- NO SMOKING!
- DO NOT CUT WIRES! Keep wire cutters with you at all times. Use wire cutters provided only for emergency situations, such as difficulty breathing or respiratory distress. Only cut the wires holding your mouth closed, not the wires holding the arch/braces. Do not cut wires if you are tired of being wired, hungry, nauseated, or vomiting. If you throw up, just bend over, open your lips and vomit. Then brush your teeth and rinse your mouth.
- Return to the clinic for any problems, such as fever, purulent drainage/pus from inside or outside your mouth, swelling, or wire breakage or cut.
For concerns or problems:
Call the clinic at 318.813.2625, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
After clinic hours, weekends, and holidays, call 318.675.5000 and ask for the OMFS Resident on call.