Your Surgery

Pre-Surgery Brief

We want your surgical experience and post-operative course to be as smooth as possible!  Please follow these few guidelines to help achieve this:

  • Take all regularly prescribed medication (especially blood pressure medication)
  • If you are having IV anesthesia do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Avoid wearing contacts, jewelry or make up
  • No smoking for 48 hours prior to your surgery
     

Post-Surgery Brief

Immediately after surgery

  • Please use the provided ice pack for 48 hours to minimize swelling.  We would expect there to be some swelling for up to 4 days
  • Place the provided gauze packs over the surgical site with biting pressure to manage bleeding.  Typically, you will remove the gauze after 20-30 minutes.  It is common to reapply the gauze 3-4 times before the bleeding has completely stopped.  Most bleeding will completely stop after 3-4 hours
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medication for 5 days
  • Please rinse with the provided antimicrobial rinse starting 24 hours after your surgery.  You will rinse once in the morning and again at bedtime for 5 days to avoid infection.
  • You will likely be given a prescription for pain medication that will be taken as needed for 2-3 days
  • You will experience numbness for up to 4-6 hours depending on the surgery.  During this time we would recommend you eat cool soft foods.  Once the numbness is gone you can add temperature and consistency.
  • It is ok to brush your teeth but do the best you can to avoid the surgical site.


3-5 days after surgery

  • You can expect to have muscle soreness for up to 7 days
  • If you experience persistent pain after 4 days please call the office to discuss with our surgical staff
  • If you experience an increase in your pain after 3 days please call our surgical staff to discuss
  • If you notice persistent swelling after 5 days (or an increase in your swelling after 3 days) please call our surgical staff to discuss
  • It can be normal to have open sockets where the teeth were removed.  We will provide you with a plastic syringe to help flush any debris from the area.  Do not use the syringe until after day 3.
  • If you have removable orthodontic retainers you can use them at any time.
     

Additional Information

Instructions After Biopsy
Instructions After Block Grafting
Instructions After Dental Implant
Instructions After Extractions and Bone Graft
Instructions After Extractions
Instructions Sinus Precautions
Instructions After Wisdom Teeth Removal