Oral Surgery

What to expect with Oral Surgery:

  • Bleeding for the first 24-48 hours
  • Swelling, but should diminish by the fifth post-operative day
  • Discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. This should subside within 1-3 days.

Things to do after Oral Surgery

  • Bleeding: Place gauze over extraction sites and maintain pressure by biting for at least 2 hours. Replace gauze every 30 minutes within these 2 hours. Keep head elevated and rest. Do not suck or spit excessively. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze with a clean folded gauze placed over the extraction site, and maintain pressure until the bleeding stops.
  • Rinsing: 24 hours after surgery, rinse with warm salt water or prescribed mouth rinse 3-5 times per day for 7 days. 
  • Swelling: Place ice or cold compresses on the region of oral surgery for 10 minutes every half hour for the first 8-12 hours.
  • Smoking: Do not smoke during the healing process.
  • Pain: Begin pain medication immediately after surgery as directed. The medicine will require 45 minutes to one hour to take effect.
  • Diet: A nutritious liquid or soft diet may be necessary for the first weeks after oral surgery.
  • Physical Activity: Rest the first 2 days after oral surgery.

The days after surgery:

  • Brush teeth carefully
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to take all that have been prescribed as directed.
  • Use warm, moist heat on face for swelling.
  • If sutures were used, return to our office in 5-7 days for removal.
  • Dry Socket: Dry socket is a delayed healing response that may occur during the 2-4th day after surgery. It is associated with throbbing pain on the side of the face and may run upward toward the ear. Please call our office if you experience this.

Contact the Doctor if:

  • Bleeding is excessive and cannot be controlled.
  • Discomfort is poorly controlled.
  • Swelling is excessive, spreading or continuing to enlarge after 48 hours.