Post Op Instructions

Post Op Instructions

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These instructions are just a general guideline for extractions, implants and gum surgery. As every case is unique, please follow any other recommended instructions given by your dental professional.

Before your surgery, you were given and anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anaesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid any chewing for two hours following surgery, or until the numbness has worn off completely.


  1. Apply an ice pack – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off – for 2 hours following surgery to decrease pain and swelling.
  2. Keep your fingers and tongue away from the parts of your gums that were affected by the surgery.
  3. Do not rinse your mouth the day of the surgery. Twenty-four hours after surgery, you can rinse gently with mouthwash or a warm salt water solution; dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and gently swish, then carefully spit (4-5 times per day is sufficient).
  4. It’s normal to experience some discomfort for a few days following surgery. To avoid nausea, don’t take pain medication on an empty stomach.
  5. If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infections are gone.
  6. Relax as much as possible and avoid all strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following surgery.
  7. Once the numbness has worn off, you should eat. Nourishment is important to the healing process. Limit your diet to soft foods like yogurt, soft soups, ice cream, or soft-cooked eggs for the first 48 hours.
  8. Drink at least 8 large glasses of water or fruit juice each day.
  9. Keep your head elevated with pillows to control bleeding. We will give you a supply of gauze sponges to place over the bleeding area; change them as necessary, and use them until the bleeding stops completely. You can also bite gently but firmly on a moist tea bag for 20 minutes if bleeding continues.
  10. Call our office if bleedings persist or increases.
  11. Continue cleaning the other areas of your mouth, flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day as you would normally.
  12. The dressing will fall off in 24 to 48 hours.

It is normal to experience hot/cold sensitivity on the area treated

Questions or Concerns!

Our certified dentist will be happy to answer any questions you have.