Oral Surgery

Post-Op Instructions

Post-operative instructions


The following instructions have been compiled to assist you in the post-operative period. If you follow these guidelines, your recovery will be more comfortable.

  • After this surgical procedure, there is often swelling of the face and sometimes bruising of the skin. This is normal. An ice pack applied to the area (30 minutes on and 30 minutes off) for 48 hours will keep swelling to a minimum. Maximum swelling usually occurs within 24 – 48 hours after surgery. Swelling can persist for 7 to 10 days. If the swelling resolves but then returns, you should contact our office.
  • Eat a light diet for the first two days; e.g. yogurt, soup, jello, milk drinks, etc. and then progress to a more normal diet. Avoid hot foods and do not use straws for the first 48 hours after surgery, as this may cause bleeding.
  • Rest for the remainder of the day following your operation and keep your head slightly elevated.
  • Refrain from smoking.
  • Some bleeding is normal for the first 24 – 48 hours. If bleeding is heavy, use gauze squares folded in 4 and apply firm pressure to the bleeding area by biting on the gauze for 20 minutes. Do not spit for the first 72 hours following your surgery, as this tends to cause bleeding.
  • Gentle tooth brushing can be resumed the day after surgery. Do not brush the area of surgery until your next appointment with your surgeon.
  • It is important to keep your mouth clean. Starting tomorrow, a salt water rinse (1 teaspoon salt in 1 glass of warm water) should be used twice a day after eating (ex: after your breakfast and before going to bed).
  • If necessary, the doctor will have prescribed medication to be taken for relief of discomfort. The instructions for taking this medication will be on the bottle. Please follow them carefully.
  • You will be given a follow-up appointment to check the healing, if necessary. If your surgery was performed at the hospital, please call the office the following day to arrange this appointment.
  • Dissolving stitches are used for most operations. It is normal for these to begin to fall out after 3 – 4 days.

If you have any questions or problems, please call our office (514-486-1002) and we will be pleased to help you. Outside of business hours you can contact the oral surgery Resident on call at the Montreal General Hospital ((514) 934-8075 or (514) 934-1934 extension 53333). It is very important that you ask to speak to the oral surgery resident on call at the Montreal General Hospital.

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