• Note that painkillers can negatively effect your reaction times. Do not drive, work on dangerous machinery, or make important decisions, on the day of the procedure.
  • We recommend at least two days of sick leave, and no physical exertion (sports) for as long as sutures are present in the mouth.
  • The swelling usually increases in size over the first 3 days after surgery.
  • Pain can be usually treated with prescribed pain medications.
  • To help prevent swelling, cool the affected area in the next 3 days with cold compresses, ice packs or cool packs (available at pharmacies).
  • If secondary bleeding occurs, take a bite on a clean handkerchief for about 15-30 minutes. If the bleeding does not subside, have it checked by our dental office.
  • Please come to our practice the following day for a checkup.
  • Prescribed antibiotics have to be taken as directed, and until the entire package has been consumed (even, if you start feeling better in the meantime!).
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, in the following days after surgery, since they interfere with proper wound healing.
  • Avoid milk products for next 3 days.
  • Do not apply heat to the effected area (sunlight, heat from ovens, radiators, etc.).
  • On the day of surgery take in only cool, liquid, and pasty foods. In the next few days we also recommended pureed foods. Exception: lockjaw (trismus) - only solid foods (click here).
  • Pay particular attention to the area of the wound while brushing. Please, clean the wound carefully and gently with a cotton swab or soft toothbrush, after every meal. Make sure to apply the correct brushing method to avoid injuring the wound (gum towards teeth and not vice versa)! You may rinse with mouthwashes containing chamomile, sage tea, or antibacterial agents (Chlorhexidine, Chlorhexamed).
  • The sutures are removed 10-14 days after surgery.