Postoperative Instructions

The following are instructions to follow after surgery.

  1. Care of your mouth: immediately after surgery, keep ice-cold water or other cold foods, such as ice cream or frozen yogurt, in your mouth for six to 8 hours. Do not brush your teeth in the areas that have sutures or dressing. Perform normal cleaning of all teeth that did not undergo surgery.
  2. activity: reduce your activity following surgery. No running, weightlifting, or any strenuous aerobic activity or contact sports for 48 hours.
  3. Discomfort: following all types of surgery, you can expect some discomfort. Take your pain medication as prescribed. Do not drink alcoholic beverages in combination with pain medication.
    • The combination of both Advil and Tylenol works best for oral pain.
    • Ibuprofen (Advil): Take 400 mg every 4-6 hours (2 over the counter tablets; 200 mg each).
    • Caution: Ibuprofen Interacts with alcohol, anticoagulants (blood thinners). Beta blockers (blood pressure medication), ACE inhibitors (blood pressure medication), Lithium, Methotrexate.
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Take 500 mg every 4-6 hours (one over the counter tablet; 500 mg each).
    • Caution: Tylenol interacts with alcohol.
    • Narcotics will be prescribed if needed.
  4. Swelling: in some cases, swelling may be expected, but it will go away in three to four days.
  5. Eating: eat only cold, soft foods on the day of surgery. After the first day, stay on a soft but balanced diet. Do not eat hard, crunchy, or spicy foods.
  6. Smoking: do not smoke following surgery. Tobacco smoke is an irritant and delays healing of your tissues. Refrain from smoking for as long as possible.
  7. Prescription rinses may be given. Please follow the instructions as prescribed.