General Post Operative Instructions

By: Our Team


1. Allergic Reactions-For generalized rash, itch, etc., call immediately or go to the emergency room.

2. Avoid-All exercise activity.  Do not pick at the surgical area.  Do not consume liquids through a straw.  Avoid alcohol and refrain from smoking.

3. Protection of the Blood Clot for Extractions- If a gauze sponge has been placed over the surgical area maintain gentle pressure by biting on it.  If bleeding persists overnight, apply gentle pressure by biting on a tea bag which has been moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze.  Keep steady pressure for 45 minutes.  Repeat as often as needed.

4. Do Not Rinse- For the first 24 hours, this includes mouthwash.  Then for the next 2 weeks rinse with warm saltwater (1-2 tsp of salt in 8 oz. of warm water), 3 to 4 times a day.  The use of over the counter mouthwashes during the healing period is not recommended.

5. Control of Swelling- Gently apply ice pack to area for 5-10 minutes at a time, do this every hour for the first day only.  DO NOT apply ice after this. If swelling continues after 2 to 3 days, a warm compress is recommended.  

6. Pain Management- Following dental surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort.  If medication has been prescribed, take as directed.  

7. Oral Hygiene- A toothbrush may be carefully used in the areas of the mouth not involved in the surgery procedure.  It is important to keep the mouth as clean as possible.  

8. Eating- Adequate food and fluid intake following surgery is most important.  If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquid meal replacements, soups, soft pasta, mashed potatoes or eggs.

9. Follow-Up Appointment- Please keep your follow up appointment so the doctor can monitor the healing and remove any remaining sutures.

10. Do Not Hesitate To Call With Any Concerns or Questions

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