Patient Instructions


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Care of Mouth after Oral Surgery (Do’s and Don’ts)


  • BLEEDING: Following extractions some bleeding is expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place a wet gauze pad over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for 1/2 hour. For impactions and some extractions, you may need to continue biting for several hours.

Please do not use a straw for drinking. They cause excess bleeding!

  • SWELLING: Ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the side of the face, today and tomorrow. Place ice on your face for 15 minutes, then off for 5 minutes. Repeat for a few hours after the procedure.
  • BONY EDGES: Bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. If they become annoying, please return to the office. Removal of such fragments is a simple procedure.
  • DIET: Light or liquid diet is advised for 24 hours. Advance your diet to regular as tolerated.
  • ORAL HYGIENE: Tonight after brushing, rinse mouth with blue rinse. Continue rinses daily after brushing in the a.m. and p.m. until finished.

Tomorrow, rinse mouth gently with salt water 3-4 times during the day (especially after meals) using 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for at least one week. Continue to brush teeth with special care near the surgical site.

  • ACTIVITY: Do not do any excess physical activity for 24 hours. Then increase to normal as tolerated (impacted will require longer rest period).
  • NO SMOKING.
  • Please call our office at any time if there are questions or concerns.