Home Care Instructions Following Surgical Treatment

When you get home

Take pain medication as directed. CAUTION: Pain medication on an empty stomach may cause nausea. Continue with antibiotics until all are taken. Place an ice pack to your cheek or jaw for twenty (20) minutes on and twenty (20) minutes off. Continued use of the ice pack will help reduce and prevent swelling and is recommended for day of surgery and day after. When lying down, try to keep head elevated by using several pillows. Try to rest and refrain from bending over the first day.

First two or three days

Maximum swelling will occur 48 hours after surgery. Swelling will begin to decrease after the 3rd day. DO NOT PULL LIP BACK TO LOOK AT SURGICAL SITE. Try to talk and smile as little as possible since these actions may tear sutures or delicate oral tissues.

Persistent oozing

A little bleeding or oozing is normal. A little oozing mixed with normal saliva may appear as extensive bleeding. If in doubt or worried, place a moistened tea bag over the surgical area and apply pressure for twenty (20) minutes. Lie down with your head elevated. If bleeding continues, call us.


During the first 24 hours, EAT SOFT, COOL FOODS which can be easily chewed and swallowed. Avoid foods of extreme temperature of either hot or cold such as soup or ice cream. DON’T SKIP MEALS. Avoid hard, crunchy, and spicy foods such as: popcorn, chips, or salsa. If you take nourishment regularly, you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster. Take any prescribed food supplement as directed. If you are diabetic, maintain your normal diet and take medication as usual.


Oral hygiene is required for successful healing. Brushing and flossing must be done very carefully in order to prevent pulling or tearing of sutures. Use a Q-Tip dipped in the Periogard mouth rinse to gently clean surgery area.


DO NOT SMOKE, DRINK WITH A STRAW, SPIT OUT, TAKE ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR USE ANY MOUTHWASH FOR THE FIRST 24 HOURS. These could possibly cause the loss of the blood clot and delay healing. Use the Periogard mouth rinse as instructed.


Your sutures WILL NOT DISSOLVE and will need to be removed. Please call us if you have any questions.