Postoperative instructions after a minor oral surgery

Postoperative instructions after a minor oral surgery

After a minor oral surgery:

The following instructions must be respected to promote healing. Note that it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after the surgery.

Day of surgery

  • Keep gauzes in the mouth for an hour or two by maintaining a firm pressure and replace them every half-hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes every hour).
  • If you are bleeding, bite into a gauze or a humidified teabag for 20 minutes.


  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks. Eat cold and soft foods.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.


  • During the first 24 to 72 hours, take a pain medicine that contains acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or any other medicine prescribed by your surgeon to alleviate the pain. Avoid taking aspirin.

From the next day and until complete healing

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Bruising may appear on the skin. It will disappear after five to seven days.
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth. It should come back to normal after four to five days.
  • If after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing, call us.

After a few days, you will feel better and be able to resume your normal activities. If you are bleeding heavily, feeling pain, and experiencing swelling since two or three days or if you are having a reaction to the medication, call us at 450 465-7800.

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