Postoperative care is important following a surgical procedure and failure to comply with instructions may delay recovery and adversely affect the outcome of treatment

Some swelling, stiffness and discomfort are to be expected after surgery.  Inflammation is at its peak between 48 and 72 hours after treatment. After the third day swelling and discomfort will decrease.

Following the procedure: 

  • Keep your head elevated and rest quietly. 
  • Eat only soft foods or liquid meal replacements and be sure to drink plenty of liquids.  Do not use a straw. 
  • Place an ice-pack on the treated area for ten minutes followed by a ten minute break (repeat several times during the first 24 – 48 hours after treatment).  Note: do not place ice directly on the skin. 
  • Take your pain and antibiotic medications as prescribed.  If you accidentally miss a pill then do NOT double-up the next dose.  Take your next dose as soon as possible. 
  • If you have an adverse reaction to the medication, call us right away. 
  • Some oozing of blood and discoloration of saliva is to be expected.  If bleeding seems excessive apply firm pressure with a moist gauze or wet tea bag for 30 minutes. 

Avoid…sucking, rinsing mouth, spitting, smoking, or exercising for 24 hours.  Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least one week. 

Pain Medication: 

Follow the instructions as advised for dose and timing.  If advised to take Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, alternate doses every three hours.

Some sutures dissolve on their own while others need to be removed. Non resorbable sutures will be removed at your post-operative appointment.

Following treatment:    

  • 30 minutes after brushing in the morning and at night, use the prescribed mouth-rinse for 2 minutes utilizing a “pool and drool,” technique.   
  • A soft diet is recommended.  Avoid foods such as peanuts, popcorn, nachos, tacos and foods with small grains or seeds.
  • Continue as needed with pain medication.