Instructions for Post-Operative Treatment

These instructions apply to most surgical procedures in the mouth cavity such as wisdom tooth extraction, apicoectomy, cystoctomy, impants and others.

  1. In the day of the surgery and the next day as well, follow the following instructions. Apply a cool ice-pack or ice cubes wrapped in a small towel outside the face for 20 minutes, take a 10 minute break, and resume again.
  2. As soon as you came home, gently remove the gauze and if some bleeding occurs place another one and bite down on the gauze for the next 30-40 minutes. BE AWARE: some bleeding is normal and to be expected.
  3. As soon as you feel the anesthetic wearing off, take your pain reliever and continue taking it every 4-6 hours for the next 2-3 days. Also, take your prescribed antibiotics every 6-8 hours. All medicine should be taken 10-15 minutes after eating.
  4. Do not smoke or spit for the next 24 hours.
  5. For the next 3-7 days you can only eat soft or liquid foods.
  6. You should expect pain, difficulty in opening the mouth and facial swelling. BE AWARE: swelling usually increases in 3 days following surgery and subsides between 7-14 days.
  7. Start rinsing your mouth with warm, salty water next day after surgery.
  8. If sever bleeding or fever occurs, call our office number above at any time.