Post-operative Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.


Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible.


A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Elevate your head when lying down.
  • Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary.
  • Enclose a moistened tea bag in a gauze square and apply pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Call the office if bleeding persists.


Avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods or liquids until the freezing has come out completely. Soft foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, fish, rice and casseroles are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.


A prescription mouth rinse will be provided to you following any surgical therapy. You will not start using this rinse until the following morning after treatment. We instruct our patients to gentle “pool and drool,” this rinse to ensure not to agitate the surgical site. 


Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.


Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.

Suture Removal

In most cases resorbable sutures are placed which will dissolve on their own in seven to ten days. If non – resorbable sutures are placed, they will be removed at our office in approximately 4 weeks 


The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction.