Care Following Oral Surgery

  1. DO NOT rinse or disturb wound in any way until healed.
  2. DO NOT drink through a straw, spit or smoke for the first 24 hours following surgery as the suction action could disturb the clot.
  3. Take medication as directed.
  4. DO NOT engage in excessive physical activity for the first 24 hours.


Pain following oral surgery is to be expected. If the medication you have seems inadequate or if severe pain continues, contact our office. Further treatment may be required.


To minimize swelling, apply ice pack [cold compress] to affected side of face, alternating on 10 minutes, off 10 minutes for 3 to 4 hours following surgery. DO NOT APPLY HEAT.

The day following surgery moist heat [wet cloth wrapped around a hot water bottle] may be applied to the face alternating on 10 minutes, off 10 minutes for 2 hours.


A bruising of the skin sometimes occurs. This will disappear without treatment in 5 – 7 days.


Do not rinse mouth for 24 hours following surgery. Provided there is no bleeding, you may rinse after this time with warm salt water [1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in approximately 6 ounces of warm water].


Adequate nutrition is important for proper healing. Eat soft nutritious foods such as: eggs, chopped meats, custards, milk shakes, soups, and juices. Avoid HOT foods and HOT liquids.


Difficulty in opening mouth occasionally occurs and should begin to disappear gradually within 2 – 3 days.


Even with proper care, complications sometimes arise following oral surgery. In case of unusual disturbances, do not hesitate to contact our office.


Muscle Relaxants are sometimes administered before surgery. The effects of these drugs may seem to wear off within the first hour or two, but reflexes may be impaired for up to 24 hours. Therefore, you should not drive a car, operate machinery or travel unescorted for that period of time. In case of complications, contact our office.
~Dr. Scott Thordarson