Post Operative Instructions

Care of the Mouth Following Extractions and Surgery

General Instructions:

  1. Bite down on the cotton gauze placed in your mouth until the bleeding has completely stopped. This usually takes between 30 minutes and 3 hours.
  2. Do not create suction in your mouth the day your work was done. This will dislodge the blood clot in the wound. Therefore, drinking through a straw, smoking, and forceful rinsing should be avoided.
  3. Beginning the day after your dental procedure, use warm salt water rinses after each time you eat. Continue to brush your remaining teeth regularly so as to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
  4. Do not stop taking nourishment. Eat whatever is comfortable for you, remembering that a balanced diet is necessary for proper wound healing.
  5. If you were given a prescription for pain, begin taking the prescribed drug immediately and follow instructions on the label. If you were not given a prescription, begin taking aspirin or Tylenol (2 every 3 hours ) until bedtime.

You may have:

  1. Swelling. This is a natural reaction of the body to surgery. When extensive extractions and /or surgery has been performed,it is advisable to use an ice pack on your face in the general area of the procedure. The day following your procedure, use warm packs instead.
  2. Bleeding. Cleanse your mouth with a gentle rinse of fresh water,the place cotton gauze over the area. Close your jaws tightly upon this gauze for 30 minutes by the clock. If bleeding should continue following the removal of the gauze, replace the cotton with a moist tea bag. Bite down firmly on the tea bag such that it is placed directly over the spot where the bleeding occurs. Hold under firm pressure for 15-20 minutes. If bleeding persists please contact our office.


  1. When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some discomfort from the operation that was performed.In order to control pain during this period,take your pain medicine and antibiotic as prescribed within one hour after you leave the office. Also take 2 Advil or Nuprin (or ibuprofen substitute) at the same time and continue with a dosage of 2 every 6 hours for the first day. Remember-in order to minimize stomach upset it is best to take these medications with food,however, do not take any tetracycline medication in combination with any dairy products.
  2. A periodontal dressing has been placed around your teeth. It is comparable to the surgical dressing used in other types of operations. It serves a very useful purpose and should not be disturbed.
  3. The periodontal dressing will become semi-rigid within a few hours. It can then withstand some of the forces of chewing without breaking. Please limit yourself to a semi-solid diet and avoid excessively hot foods for the first day. After this period,you may return to your regular diet. However, avoid eating on the side of the dressing.
  4. The dressing should be permitted to remain in place as long as possible. Small particles may chip off during the week. Should a sizable portion become loose or fall off, please call.
    While the dressing is in place, you may notice a slight pain or soreness in the cheek or inside of the mouth. The edge of the dressing may be irritating the tissue. You should not be concerned that anything has gone wrong in the area. Please call our office if soreness persists. It can be easily remedied.
  5. You may use your toothbrush as you usually do, but do not use it on the dressing. Avoid vigorous brusing in parts of the mouth which have previously been operated upon and from which the dressing has been removed. Try to keep food from accumulating in these areas with gentle use of a toothbrush and rubber tip.
  6. An antimicrobial rinse is an important part of your recovery. Please be sure to have your prescription for Peridex filled and use it according to the directions provided BEGINNING TOMORROW.
  7. You may follow your regular activities.Avoid excessive exertion of any type. Athletics and long exposure to the sun should be avoided for the first three days after the operation. Also, NO SWIMMING.
  8. You may experience a slight feeling of weakness, chills or fever during the first 24 hours. This should not be cause for alarm: however, if it persists please contact our office.
  9. There may be occasional blood in the saliva for the first 4-5 hours following the operation.This is not unusual and will correct itself. If there is considerable bleeding, take a piece of sterile gauze, form it into the shape of a “U”, hold it in the thumb and index finger, apply it to both sides of the dressing and hold it under gentle pressure for 10 minutes. Do not remove it during this period to examine it. If the bleeding does not stop at the end of this time, please contact our office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 256-362-2182.

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Talladega Dental Associates

108 North St E.
Talladega, AL 35160