Swelling after an apicoectomy is not unusual. The swelling may increase for 2 or 3 days before leveling off and then decreasing. Applying ice for the first 36 hours will help minimize swelling. You can use ice bags, plastic bags filled with ice or unopened bags of frozen peas or corn. If swelling increases after the third post operative day, call our office.
Bruising is not uncommon following an apicoectomy. It indicates bleeding which has seeped under the layers of skin. It may travel with gravity to areas remote from the surgical area. The bruising will change color as it resolves to eventually disappear. Applying moist heat may help the bruising resolve.
After the first 24 hours, you should rinse your mouth with a mild solution of salt water 4 or 5 times a day. You may brush your teeth, but stay away from the suture line.