After minor oral surgery
To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest that you follow the recommendations below. Please note that it is normal to feel some discomfort after surgery and to have a swollen lower face.
Day of surgery
- Use compresses and keep them in your mouth for an hour or two, while maintaining firm pressure. Replace the pads every 20 to 30 minutes as needed.
- Apply ice to the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour).
- If bleeding occurs, take a lightly moistened gauze or tea bag and bite down for about 20 minutes.
What to avoid
- Rinse your mouth or spit
- Drinking through a straw
- Eat hot food or drinks: prefer cold, soft food
- Engage in strenuous activity
For the first 24 to 72 hours, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or any medication prescribed to relieve pain, but avoid aspirin.
Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water) the day after the surgery until it is completely healed.
It is possible that bruises may appear on your skin. This will gradually disappear after five to seven days.
It is also likely that you will have difficulty opening your mouth. The discomfort will subside in four to five days.
If the pain gets worse after three days, do not hesitate to call us.
You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. If you experience pain, heavy bleeding, swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please call us immediately at 450-667-2211.