Post-Op Surgical Instructions

Tooth Exposure

Please follow these instructions for your post operative care:

  • Do NOT smoke.
  • On the day of surgery, take the pain medications as directed even if you are numb.
  • Ice should be used for the first 48 hours after surgery. Use the ice pack for 20 min on then 20 min off.
  • It is okay to begin gently brushing the teeth on the day of surgery using a soft toothbrush.
  • Saltwater rinses begin the day after surgery (1/4 tsp in 8 oz of warm water three times a day for 5 min).
  • Mild oozing of blood is normal for 24-48 hours.
  • Call the office if you have persistent heavy bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure on the site. A tea bag can be used instead of gauze.
  • Expect some bruising of the cheeks or under the eyes.
  • If you were given a prescription mouthwash use as directed on the bottle.
  • Keep a soft diet for a couple days and chew on the opposite side.
  • You need an appointment with your orthodontist 7-14 days after your procedure.

More questions?

Please review the attached PDF of our complete post-surgical instructions or call our office if you have further questions regarding your surgery.