Post-Op Instructions

Follow the simple instructions below to minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery:

Reduce Activity Immediately Following Procedure

Reduce your activity as much as possible for several hours including unnecessary talking.

Bleeding, Pain, and Swelling is Normal

A certain amount of bleeding, pain, and swelling is normal:

To control bleeding

Immediately following procedure, keep a steady pressure on the bleeding area by biting firmly on the gauze placed there by your doctor. Pressure helps reduce bleeding and permits formation of a clot in the tooth socket.

After 24 hours, some oozing of blood may persist. After bleeding has stopped, cautiously resume oral hygiene.

To relieve pain
Immediately following the procedure, begin taking medication as directed by your doctor to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia wears off and feeling is back to normal. Women please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.

Application of an ice bag can also help relieve discomfort.

To minimize swelling
Immediately following procedure, apply an ice pack over the affected area. Use 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for 24 hours to help prevent excessive swelling and discomfort.

You may also elevate your head with pillows to prevent swelling.
After 24 hours, discontinue the cold applications.

Possible Blurred Vision and Bruising

Do not be alarmed if your vision is blurred for a time following anesthesia or if a “black and blue” bruise should appear at the site of an injection. The arm also may be bruised, swollen and tender to touch due to the IV.

Oral hygiene is Important

Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 24 hours. These activities may hinder formation of a blood clot that is necessary for proper healing. Resume your regular tooth brushing, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so you won’t loosen or remove the blood clot.


Maintain a Proper Diet
Have your meals at the usual time. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids with meals and in between. Have what you wish, but be careful not to disturb the blood clot. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew.

In Case of Problems

You should experience no trouble, if you follow the instructions and suggestions as outlined. But if you should have any problems, such as excessive bleeding, pain or difficulty in opening your mouth, call our office immediately for further instructions or additional treatment.