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After minor oral surgery

To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest following the recommendations outlined below. However, it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after surgery.

On the day of the surgery

  • Apply firm pressure on the compresses and keep them in your mouth for about an hour or two. Change the compresses every 20 to 30 minutes, as needed.
  • Put some ice on your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour).
  • In case of bleeding, bite down on some gauze or a slightly dampened tea bag for about 20 minutes.

Things to avoid

  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit
  • Do not drink through a straw
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not eat or drink hot food and beverages; choose cool, soft foods instead
  • Do not engage in vigorous activities


    • During the first 24 to 72 hours following your surgery, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the painkillers prescribed to you, but avoid aspirin.
    • Rinse your mouth three times a day with a mixture of warm water and salt (1/2 tsp. of salt in 1 cup of water) the day after the surgery and until healing is complete.
    • Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days.
    • You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This discomfort will go away in four to five days.
    • If pain gets worse after three days, do not hesitate to call us.

    You should be feeling better and able to resume normal activities within a few days. If you experience pain, excessive bleeding, swelling that lasts two to three days, or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please call us right away.