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Post-operative Instructions

  • The covering that has been placed over the treated area is a surgical dressing. It usually falls off before your next appointment and does not have to be replaced.
  • Do not have anything hot to eat or drink for the next 2 hours.
  • Do not eat on the side with the dressing, it should be favored at all times.
  • Continue oral hygiene as usual, but not on the dressing.
  • Use warm salt water or mouthwash freely to refresh your mouth.
  • You may follow your regular daily activities, but avoid excessive exertion of any type for 72 hours.
  • Apply ice packs to face, 10 minutes on / 10 minutes off, for the prescribed length of time. If there is excessive swelling, please contact us.
  • Discomfort is readily controlled with a prescription if necessary so there is no need for you to experience pain. If severe pain is present, please contact us.
  • Keep head elevated as much as possible for the next 72 hours and sleep on two pillows upon retiring.
  • Occasionally, bloodstains in the saliva may be expected. If there is excessive bleeding, please contact us.