Postoperative Instructions


Ice packs may be applied to the cheeks to help decrease pain and swelling (packet of frozen peas can be substituted).


Bleeding occurs after oral surgery and responds well to direct pressure. If it occurs, use clean rolled handkerchief to apply firm direct pressure to the bleeding site for one hour. If bleeding persists, please contact me.


This is quite normal and usually reaches its peak 24-30 hours following surgery and than it starts subsiding. 


Always occurs with varying intensity. Initially, it is important to take the painkillers regularly. Pain should decrease appreciably after 2-3 days. 


Bruising may occur as the swelling starts to subside. 


Nausea or vomiting following general anaesthesia is not uncommon. Have clear fluids only for the first 12 hours after surgery. If vomiting persists, please contact me.


Infection occurs in 1-2% of patients after oral surgery. In most cases, antibiotics will already have been prescribed post - operatively to prevent infection. It is important to complete the course, even if there are no problems.


Dissolving sutures will be used in almost all cases; these will fall out or dissolve in approximately 7-14 days following surgery.

Oral Hygiene         

Do not rinse your mouth until the next day. Rinsing in the early stage will cause bleeding. Rinsing with salty water (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) and tooth brushing can be recommenced the next day. 


Your diet should be restricted to fluids and to soft food initially. Anything soft and not too hot is OK. The return to normal diet should be gradual. 


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