Contemporary Dentistry

Post-Operative Instructions

These instructions are intended as a general information and reference resource. If you have recently had a procedure and have a specific question, consult the instructions you were given or give us a call at

(585) 244-3337 to confirm how best to handle your situation.

Expectations after Surgery

After your surgery, it is normal to experience:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort

Bleeding should stop within the first day, though small amounts of blood may ooze from the site for longer. Control bleeding by pressing on the supplied gauze for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove the gauze. If you are still bleeding, apply another piece of gauze for 15 to 20 minutes more. If you run out of gauze, us a slightly wet black tea bag.

Swelling may continue to increase for several days after your procedure, then decrease. You can help control swelling and discomfort by applying an ice pack to your cheek for ten minutes, then allowing the area to rest for ten minutes. Repeat this procedure for the rest of the day.

Discomfort will be noticeable for the first 3-5 days after your procedure. Typically, over-the-counter medication will control your discomfort. We may prescribe medication if discomfort is expected to be more significant.

Diet after Surgery

For the first day after surgery, eat a soft and cold diet. Do not eat anything hot or spicy. Avoid hard and crunchy foods for at least a week after surgery.

Oral Hygiene after Surgery

Do not brush or floss the day of your surgery. Starting the following day, you should brush and floss normally, but take care around the surgical site.

If you haven’t been supplied with a prescription rinse, you should rinse your mouth with warm, salty water. Mix one tablespoon of salt with one cup of water. Rinse gently. If you have been prescribed a mouth rinse, follow the instructions on the rinse.

Sutures

If sutures were used, they will dissolve on their own. It typically takes ten days, but you should see signs that they are dissolving as they change into a long string which slowly disappears. Do not cut the sutures or pull them out.

Medications

Take all prescribed medications as directed. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take the full course, even if you haven’t noticed any signs of infection.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any additional questions or concerns during your recovery period, please call (585) 244-3337 and ask. It’s no bother--we want to help you have the best recovery and results possible.

If you are considering dental surgery in Rochester, NY, you can also call us to schedule a consultation.