Post-operative Instructions

Some level of pain, discomfort, swelling or even bleeding may occur after oral surgery. Please follow post-operative instructions carefully to ensure minimal side effects:

  1. Do not disturb the wound with your finger or by sucking on it. Bite on the gauze pad for one hour. The gauze may be replaced every 15 minutes or more frequently, if necessary.
  2. Avoid rinsing, spitting or drinking through a straw  for 24-hours following your surgery.
  3. Do not smoke.  Smoking will slow down the healing process and may increase the likelihood of adverse side-effects.
  4. Avoid physical activity for 24-48 hours after surgery.
  5. If you have received intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, you should not operate a vehicle or use hazardous devices for 18-hours after surgery. A responsible adult should accompany you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
  6. The day after your surgery, you can start rinsing gently after each meal and at bedtime using a saline solution (1/4 tsp in ½ glass warm water) and continue until the wounds are entirely healed (3-5 days). You may also increase the healing potential by gently massaging the gums with a Q-tip or a soft toothbrush.
  7. After 6-7 days, use the syringe to irrigate the lower alveoli only (lower sockets). You may use it once or twice daily until the sockets are completely healed (may take up to 1 month).
  8. All antibiotics prescribed should be taken to the end. Analgesics (pain killers) are prescribed to assist you in managing your pain during the first days after the surgery. You may stop taking them when you deem the pain has subsided or stopped. In some cases, patients may react adversely to certain medication and experience nausea and or vomiting. Stop all medication and contact your surgeon.

See a list of common symptoms after oral surgery