Post Operative Instructions
(Cheat Sheet)

  • Please take your medication as directed. For severe pain, spacing your pain meds can be useful to maximize your drug efficacy. For example: Tylenol, then 2 hours later, Ibuprofen (NSAIDS), 2 hours later, Tylenol etc.
  • Gauze may be removed and discarded 30 minutes after leaving the clinic. If needed, new gauze may be placed for another 30 minutes and repeat as required. Moisten gauze with water before placing. It is normal to have red-colored saliva for a few days.
  • Avoid straws or any form of suction in the mouth for 7 days. Smoking/vaping is not recommended following oral surgery for at least 7 days.
  • Your maximum swelling and discomfort will be the first 3-5 days post surgery. This is true for any surgical procedures, don’t be alarmed if you’re swelling and discomfort reaches its maximum at day 5.
  • Dry socket can occur 7-10 days following surgery. If you suspect you have dry socket, please contact the clinic or your general dentist for treatment and exam will be done and only if required a packing will be placed. (Dry socket is a dull constant pain radiating along your jaw up to your ear).
  • For sinus precautions, please follow the instructions pamphlet given with your post-operative package.
  • Start warm saltwater rinses the day after surgery. Rinse after each meal and continue until each area is healed. Start brushing your teeth gently the evening of your surgery avoiding the surgical site for the first 24 hrs. After 24 hours return to normal brushing.
  • The syringe is to prevent infections. Start using on the 7th day post surgery. After 7 days it must be used after each meal to rinse out the sockets using warm tap water. You may have to do this for a few weeks/month until the sockets are fully healed.
  • Apply ice to your face 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off for today and tomorrow.
  • Not following these instructions will increase your chances of pain, swelling and infection.
  • If you have received a new denture, it should be placed as soon as possible following your procedure. It should remain in until you see your dentist for adjustments. You may take it out after meals and to rinse clean. You should see your dentist for adjustments within a few days following your surgery.
  • For patients in retention of braces, your clear retainer should be placed within the first 24 hrs post-surgery.