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Post-Op Instructions

Mouth Care After Dental Surgery

  • For 24 hours following surgery
    Do not smoke or rinse. If desired, the day after surgery rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 house (especially after meals) using ¼ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. You may continue rinses for several days.

  • Bleeding
    Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place a slightly moistened gauze over the bleeding area and bite firmly for ½ hour. If bleeding continues, place a slightly moistened tea bag on the surgical area for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Swelling
    If recommended, an ice pack should be applied immediately to the operated area in 30-minute intervals on and off for 4 to 5 hours. A bag of frozen vegetables works nicely as a substitute.

  • Medications
    We have found non-prescription medications such as aspirin, Tylenol®, Advil®, Motrin®, and the like to be quite effective. Please try these first if you are not allergic to them. Codeine will be prescribed when necessary. If antibiotics have been recommended, please take them as instructed.

  • Food
    A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Soft foods are preferred; avoid tough and crunchy foods.

  • Bony Edges
    Small fragments may work through the gums during healing. If annoying, call Bonnie & Horowitz so we may schedule a quick appointment for their simple removal.

  • Unusual Symptoms
    If any unusual symptoms occur, please call Bonnie & Horowitz at 757-587-7400 immediately.

The proper care following oral surgical procedures will speed recovery and prevent complications.

Bonnie and Horowitz
A division of Atlantic Dental Care
7400 Granby Street  •  Wards Corner  •  Norfolk, Virginia 23505
757-587-7400