Care following Dental Surgery

Proper care of the mouth following most dental surgical procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.

  1. PROTECTION OF BLOOD CLOT: maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, replace sponge with another as provided. Do not suck on extraction site. A slight amount of blood may leak at the extraction site until clot forms. If heavy bleeding continues, call your dentist.
  2. DO NOT RINSE: or use a mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water (1/2-t. table salt in 8 oz. of warm water) every 1-2 hours is recommended. (The use of commercial mouthwashes during the healing period is not encouraged.)
  3. PAIN: following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.
  4. THE TOOTHBRUSH: may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedure. A clean mouth heals faster.
  5. EATING: adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Instant Breakfast or Ensure. Avoid chewing over extraction site for 2 days.
  6. AVOID: all excessive activity, don’t pick at the surgical area, don’t consume liquids through a straw, avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking until healing is well established.
  7. SUTURES: if they were used, do not fail to return if needed for their removal on the appointment date given.
  8. DRUGS AND PRESCRIPTIONS: may cause drowsiness, nausea, allergy, lack of awareness, and diminished coordination; all of which can be further complicated by the use of alcohol. Do not use alcohol or operate any vehicle or machine device on the day of surgery.