Post-Op Instructions

  • NO SMOKING 48 HOURS AFTER SURGERY
  • NO USING STRAWS DURING 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY
  • DO NOT RINSE MOUTH TODAY. Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (Especially after meals) using 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to 8oz warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
  • BLEEDING. Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for 1/2 hour. Repeat if necessary. Also a moist tea bag place over the area and biting down for 1/2 hour should slow the bleeding.
  • SWELLING. Ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to surgical area 1/2 hour on then 1/2 off for 4 to 5 hours.
  • PAIN. For mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of over the counter medication.
  • FOOD. Light/ soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
  • BONY EDGES. Small, sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots. If annoying, please call to return to office for their simple removal.
  • If any unusual symptoms occur, call office immediately.

    1. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will make healing time less and prevent complications.