Post Surgical Instructions

Surgery of any kind places a stress on your body. Get adequate rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days following your procedure.  Swelling, discomfort, and restricted jaw function can be expected. These may be minimized by adhering to the following instructions:

For Bleeding: Place sterile gauze over the extraction site and bite firmly to apply pressure. Change gauze every 20-30 minutes as necessary. After 5 hours if there is still active bleeding run a black tea bag under warm water and place over extraction site.

  • Bleeding is normal over the next few days. Remember that the more active you are the more likely you are to bleed longer.
  • A little bit of blood mixed with saliva can look like a lot. It is normal to see blood in the sink when you brush for the next few days.
  • After any oral surgery there is a risk of swelling and or bruising. Ice should be applied to the cheeks in 20-minute intervals (20 min. ice on/20 min. ice off). Apply ice for the first 24 hours only.

For Discomfort: Take medications as directed by us before the local anesthesia wears off.

Diet Instructions: Consume soft/liquid foods for the first 24 hours. These include ice cream, yogurt, Jell-O, pudding, soup, etc. Avoid crumbly foods or hard to chew items such as steak, bagels, large sandwiches, potato chips etc.

General Instructions: It is not necessary to brush the night after surgery. You should however resume brushing the next day.


  • Brush teeth day of surgery
  • Drink through a straw
  • Forcefully swish or spit
  • Smoke for 24 hours
  • Rinse with any mouthwash for 1 week


  • Take all medications as directed
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Call the office with any questions
  • Avoid unnecessary use of your mouth

Call Us For:

  • Bright red persistent bleeding
  • Constant increasing pain 72 hours after surgery
  • A fever of 101 F or above
  • Swelling that increases in size starting 2-3 days after surgery