Post-Op Instructions


Post-Op Dental Surgery Instructions


  1. You have undergone a surgical procedure. A mild degree of swelling, bruising, and/or discomfort is to be expected. To minimize swelling and pain, APPLY ICE to the outside of your face adjacent to the surgical area for 20 minutes at a time, 2 or 3 times today and tomorrow.
  2. AVOID ALL HOT FOODS AND LIQUIDS for the rest of today.
  3. AVOID DRINKING THROUGH A STRAW OR SMOKING for the rest of today. If you are a smoker, Please bear in mind that smoking causes increased pain and slower healing, and substantially reduces your long-term chances for successful treatment.
  4. TAKE 400-600 MG (2-3 PILLS) OF IBUPROFEN (generic, Advil, or Nuprin are all the same) every 4 hours, or 220 MG (1 PILL) OF NAPROXEN (generic or ALEVE) every 8 hours for the rest of today EVEN IF THERE IS NO PAIN. It is much easier to prevent pain then to to wait until it starts and then try to control it. If you cannot take Ibuprofen or Naproxen, substitute 2-3 Acetaminophen (generic or Tylenol) tablets, although these are less effective. If this approach is not sufficient, take the prescribed pain medication as directed.
  5. If you wake up at night in pain, you are probably clenching your teeth. Please call us in the morning if this is occurring so we can suggest methods to control clenching.
  6. AVOID CHEWING in the area where surgery was performed for one week. Eat soft foods high in protein and vitamin C. For example: fish, milk, ice cream, tuna salad, pasta, cottage cheese,fruit juice, yogurt. Taking a B complex vitamin for one month may improve healing.
  7. Teeth in the surgical area may be looser than normal and sensitive to cold for 1-2 months. If the looseness or sensitivity seems extreme or does not lessen over the next few weeks, please notify us.
  8. Avoid brushing the surgical area until your sutures are gone. Light flossing once daily is okay.
  9. The occurrence of blood stains in your saliva for the rest of today is normal. Please AVOID RINSING YOUR MOUTH TODAY, since this causes increased bleeding. If bleeding is persistent, press a moist tea bag firmly against the bleeding area for 20 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop,please call us.
  10. If you have been prescribed an antibiotic or an antiseptic mouth rinse, please take them diligently as directed.
  11. AVOID REPEATEDLY PULLING YOUR LIP TO EXAMINE THE SURGICAL AREA. Tension on your sutures can impair healing.