Post Surgery Instructions

Please follow these instructions for 24 hours. Proper care of the mouth following dental procedures can reduce complications and promote healing of the surgical site.

1. Protection of the blood clot
Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical site or by biting on a tea bag that has been moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep firm pressure for 30-45 minutes.

2. DO NOT RINSE OR USE MOUTHWASH FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS

  • After 24 hours, rinse with warm salt water
  • Mix ½ teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of warm water
  • It is recommended that you do this every 1 – 2 hours

3. Discomfort
It is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.

4. The toothbrush
You may use a toothbrush in the area of the mouth not involved in the surgical procedure. A clean mouth heals faster.

5. Eating
Adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is most important. If eating regular food is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with Carnation Instant Breakfast drink, Slimfast, or other soft foods.

6. Avoid

  • Refrain from smoking.
  • Avoid excessive activity.
  • Do not pick at the surgical site.
  • Do not drink through a straw.
  • Do not drink hot liquids.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and aspirin. All of these products will increase bleeding.

7. Sutures
If sutures were used, please schedule an appointment for their removal.

8. Control swelling
Gently apply ice packs to the outside of the face. The earlier it is started, the more effective it will be. Apply for 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off of the area. This should be done for the first 24 hours.

9. Allergic reactions
For generalized rash, itching, etc. call the office immediately

10. DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

If you have any questions or concerns about the post surgical instructions, please call or contact our office.