Post Operative Tips Following a Minor Oral Surgery

 Pain

Take Advil, Tylenol or Atasol every 4-6 hours to calm the pain, take all analgesics like it’s prescribed by your dentist. If your pain is higher rather than lower after the 3 day of your surgery, or if you suffer side effects from your medication, please call our team as soon as possible.

 Bleeding

Apply pressure to the site while biting down on a gauze compress for 1 hour. Change them as needed as long as there is persistent bleeding.

 Rest

- The blood circulation is reduced when you lower your physical activity. Reduced bleeding means a faster recovery.

- Do not spit or drink through a straw because the scion causes a risk of making the site bleed and dislodge a blood clot.

- Do not smoke because it can be a nuisance for the coagulation and it slows down the healing.

- It is normal that your saliva has a tint of blood for a few days. You can protect your pillow case by putting a towel over it so it does not stain your pillow.

- If the bleeding is still abundant after 4 hours after the surgery, bite down on a humid tea bag for a while. If the bleeding persists, please call our office at 418.759-3640.

 Swelling

- For the first 24 hours after surgery, apply ice every 10 min on your cheek. This will reduce the swelling as much as possible.

- Sleep with your head elevated, this will help reduce the swelling.

- If the swelling appears, it will be at its’ maximum 48-72 hours after the surgery, it will go down in the following days and should be back to normal after one week. If the selling gets worst after 72 hours, contact us.

 Alimentation

- Avoid eating and drinking until the effects of the anesthesia wears off. Then, start a soft diet, soups, stews, yogurt and pasta to give a few examples that will help your recovery. Avoid hot drinks and let your soup cool before eating it. A hot beverage activates the blood circulation which can make the site bleed again.

- Supplements like Ensure and Boost are good sources of complete alimentation if you have limited mouth movements due to surgery.

- As soon as you feel able, start eating normally.

 Oral health

- Avoid touching the infected area with your fingers or tongue.

- Do not rinse you mouth for 24 hours. You can drink water or swish water in your mouth but avoid rinsing vigorously and spitting. Just let the water run out of your mouth, this will help to avoid dislodging a blood clot.

- The day after the surgery, it is recommended to rinse your mouth with a salty solution. Dissolve ½ a tea spoon of salt in a water glass and then rinse your mouth a couple times a day. You must not rinse too hard because the bleeding could start again. Commercial mouth washes are not recommended because it contains alcohol.

- Try not to brush your teeth the day of the surgery. 24 hours after the surgery, you can start your good oral hygiene, but avoid the site to prevent the dislodgement of a blood clot needed to heal.

 Stiff mouth

It is possible that your jaw could be painful following the surgery and you might not be able to open your mouth properly for a few days. Having had your mouth open for a long time during the procedure ; can contribute to the stiffness of the jaw. Everything should be back to normal after 7 to 10 days. During this period, eat soft foods and avoid chewing gum. An anti-inflammatory like Advil can relive the discomfort.

 Skin discoloration

A bruise can appear after the surgery, it will gradually change colors to finally disappear after 10 days.

 Sutures

If they were necessary, most sutures will melt within 2 to 10 days following the procedure.

If you have worries or questions, please contact us at 418.759-3640.