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Post-Treatment Oral Surgery Instructions

Do Not Disturb – Avoid disturbing the area that has been treated. Do not touch it with your tongue or chew in this area as it may cause bleeding. Some slight bleeding is normal, should excessive bleeding occur, apply some pressure to the area with a moistened gauze pad for 20-30 minutes. If bleeding persists, call our office.

Alcohol/Smoking – Avoid alcohol and do not smoke for 2 to 3 days.

Ice – To minimize swelling, apply ice packs to the area (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) for 4-5 hours. If swelling persists or becomes hard, tender and warm to the touch call our office, as this may indicate infection.

Rinsing – You may rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon per 8 oz.), starting 24 hours following the procedure, after meals and before bed for 4 days. Do not spit for the first 24 hours, this may dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.

Soft Foods – Avoid eating or drinking until the anesthesia has worn off. Then eat cold or luke warm food with a soft texture until you can chew without difficulty. Do not use a straw to drink liquids; any suction may affect the treated area.

Bone Edges – Small sharp bone fragments may work through the gums during healing. If they are painful, please call our office.

Brush Teeth – As normal, but avoid extraction site.

Discomfort – Some discomfort is normal. Pain medication may be taken as prescribed by the dentist. If you are still uncomfortable, contact our office.

Removable Denture or Partial – Should be worn unless advised otherwise. If discomfort is noticed remove appliance and call our office to schedule appointment for adjustment.