As with any type of dental surgery, you should take certain precautions and follow our post op instructions after oral surgery. The dentists at our Surrey dental clinic have developed a list of post-operative instructions you’ll find below. We strongly urge you to follow them carefully. Please call us at 604 585 2345 if you have any questions or if any problems arise during your post-operative recovery period.
- To minimize bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad for the first 30 minutes after your surgery.
- Avoid touching the area with your tongue or fingers.
- Although you can drink cool or lukewarm fluids immediately, don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours. You should also avoid smoking, at least for the first day.
- Don’t eat anything for the first 4 to 6 hours. After that, you can eat any type of soft food.
- Starting on the day after your surgery and continuing for the next few days, rinse your mouth frequently with a warm saltwater solution. Make the solution by dissolving ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water.
- It’s normal to see some blood in your saliva for 24 hours or so. If the area starts bleeding, make a gauze pad, place it directly on the area that’s bleeding, and bite down on the gauze for 20 minutes. Alternatively, you could use a warm, soaked tea bag instead of a gauze pad – the tannic acid in tea promotes clotting.
- Swelling and discolouration of the area is also normal. Typically, the first two days are the worst and the swelling and discolouration disappears over time. You can minimize it by applying ice packs during the first 4 to 6 hours after your surgery.
- If you’re still feeling discomfort after a few days, please call our dental clinic in Surrey (604 585 2345).
- If you have dissolving stitches, they’ll dissolve painlessly in about 5 days. If your stitches are non-dissolving, they’ll be removed by your Surrey dentist.