After Your Surgery

  • Place ice packs on the side(s) of the face for the first 24 hours.
  • The gauze packs are placed over the surgical sites as a protective dressing should be left in place for about 45 minutes following the surgery while you are biting down. After this time, the gauze should be carefully removed. If you notice the area still bleeding, please another gauze in the site and bite down for another 30 minutes.
  • Keep the area clean by brushing your adjacent teeth very gently next to the surgical site.
  • Activity should be avoided on the day of the surgery. Normal activity may be resumed after 24 hours but heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 72 hours.
  • The prescribed pain medications should be taken as soon as you have completed your surgery.
  • Be careful to not suddenly stand up at home as it may cause dizziness and you may fall. Have someone help you move around until the medications begin to clear your system.
  • After surgery, liquids should be taken at first.
  • Straws should not be used as the sucking motion can cause bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. (No straws for 72 hours).
  • Anything may be eaten, but it’s common to start with softer foods (Jell-O, yogurt, protein shakes, etc.)
  • To avoid the risk of dehydration, fluids (Gatorade) should be taken regularly, especially in the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Beginning the day after surgery, frequent, rinsing with mild, warm salt water is encouraged at least a few times a day especially after eating.
  • Antibiotics may be given after surgery to reduce the chance of infection. These should be taken as directed until they are finished.
  • If a rash or adverse reaction occurs, discontinue medication use and call the office immediately.
  • Activities for the first 24 hours should be minimized. Rest quietly with head elevated about 30 degrees.
  • Smoking should be discontinued for at least 3 days.
  • You can return to work as soon as you can, but expect a 48-72 hour recovery time.
  • Stitches placed will dissolve within 10 days after surgery.
  • Contact sports, such as football, should not be resumed for approximately one week after surgery.