Care following oral surgery

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The day of the operation:

  1. For the first hour change gauze as needed and bite down to apply pressure.
  2. If more than slight bleeding persists, repeat this procedure with gauze or a damp tea bag.
  3. Do not lie flat.  Keep head elevated and sleep with 2-3 pillows.
  4. Apply ice bags to area (15 minutes on, 30 minutes off) for 48 hours.
  5. Drink and eat only cool, soft food such as ice cream, pudding, jell-o, and yogurt.
  6. Avoid rinsing, spitting, smoking, drinking with a straw and brushing teeth.
  7. Apply Vaseline to lips if sore.


The following days:

  1. Brush gently after meals, excluding the surgical site and stitches.
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and use as mouthwash and to “bathe” the surgical area.
  3. Stitches will self–dissolve in 3-4 days unless otherwise notified.



IBUPROFEN (oval orange tablet):
Take one before or immediately after surgery then every 6-8 hours as needed

OXYCOCET / EMPRACET (round white tablets):
Take every 4 hours as needed for pain.  If also taking Ibuprofen, then use only if adequate pain relief is not obtained with the ibuprofen

AMOXICILLIN / CLINDAMYCIN (yellow/red capsules) (purple/blue capsules):
Start either before or immediately after surgery and take 1 tablet every eight hours


The following can be expected to occur normally in proportion to the type of surgery involved:

Swelling: Should be the greatest the second or third day after surgery and then slowly recede

Discoloration: Black, blue or yellow areas may develop

Bleeding: Very slight oozing of blood may occur up to a few days following surgery

Discomfort: Difficulty in opening the mouth widely may occur and will improve after 4-5 days

Nausea/vomiting : May occur occasionally due to sedative agents or certain pain medications. Stop any narcotic type of pain medication.  You may take Gravol and start eating after a short period with clear liquids.