Post-Surgery Instructions

Please see Your First Visit & Day of Surgery instructions for more information on pre-surgery care.

The First Day after Surgery

  • Hygiene: Return to your normal brushing routine, being very careful around surgery site(s).
  • Avoid using full-strength mouthwashes for 2 weeks.
  • Begin using a warm salt-water rinse (1/4 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water) every 2-3 hours for 3 days.
  • Pain and swelling is normal and expected, and may last for 10-14 days. Don’t be alarmed if the third day is the worst.
  • Continue eating soft foods. You may begin to gradually return to your normal diet as tolerated.
  • Avoid spicy foods and drinks for 2 weeks.

The Following Days After Surgery

  • Sutures/Stitches: You may have sutures placed in your mouth to control the bleeding & hasten healing. They will dissolve on their own over 7-14 days.
  • If swelling is still present on the 4th or 5th day following surgery, then begin using a warm moist compress for the next several days.

What To Do If I Have Excessive Bleeding

  • Rinse mouth with cool water & gently wipe away blood clots with a clean piece of gauze or a tissue.
  • Take a large amount of gauze or 2 tea bags moistened with water & place over bleeding area & close mouth, applying constant pressure.
  • Remain quiet & in a sitting position for 20-30 minutes.
  • Repeat steps 3 & 4 until bleeding is controlled.
  • After these directions have been followed in detail & excessive bleeding persists, you should call our office.

Please call us if you experience excessive pain or on-going complications from surgery.

Please call 9-1-1 if you experience a medical emergency.