After treatment

Here’s what you can expect after your procedure as well as precautions to take to ensure your comfort and safety.


The first 24 hours:

  • You may be very sleepy, but feeling alert is also normal. Either way, be prepared to rest for a few days.
  • You will need to remain in the company of a friend or family member (see “Caretaker instructions”).
  • You may feel a bit wobbly or have difficulty walking after being sedated.
  • Do not operate a motorized vehicle, machinery or hazardous device.
  • Do not go up/down stairs unattended.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (read more about this in the “diet” section).
  • Do not brush the surgical area (but you can brush any remaining natural teeth with a special post-operative toothbrush without paste).
  • Do not rinse or use a Water Pik, as it could damage the surgical area.
  • If you wear dentures, do not take them out (except for a brief rinse, if necessary).
  • Call us if you have questions or difficulties 1-877-312-3229
  • If you experience symptoms that warrant a physician and are unable to reach us, go to the nearest emergency room.

Discomfort / Pain medication

It’s normal to feel some discomfort once the anesthetic has worn off. You will be provided with appropriate pain medication. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen, consisting of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or Ibuprofen (Advil), will be prescribed. When taken together, these two medications can be as effective as a narcotic without any of the side effects. If you have any questions about your medication, please speak with your dentist prior to surgery.


  • Swelling after surgery is a normal reaction and tends to reach its maximum 36-48 hours after surgery, lasting up to six days.
  • To help control any swelling, apply a gel icepack over the surgical area (30 minutes on, 30 minutes off) for the first 24 hours.
  • If swelling occurs after 48 hours, switch to moist heat (a hot water bottle or a warm washcloth). Alternate between hot and cold (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off).
  • Remember that you must avoid heat for the first 24 hours after surgery.

Bruising: Mild bruising around the surgical area is normal and should disappear within a week or two.

Stiffness: After surgery, you may experience jaw muscle stiffness and have difficult opening your mouth. This is normal and should improve in 5-10 days.

Stitches / Sutures: If you have stitches, you may need to have them removed at an appointment 7-14 days after the procedure. Dissolving sutures will disappear on their own in 4-6 days.

Packing: If a pink bubblegum-like material was placed over your surgical area, try to keep it on for two or three days. If it falls off before then, call our office. It may stay on for the first full week and be removed at your follow-up appointment.


  • Bite firmly on gauze until the freezing starts to disappear, then remove it gently. Replace with new damp gauze if needed.
  • If the bleeding begins again, place a damp teabag directly over the surgical area and bite firmly until the bleeding stops
  • It’s normal for some blood may ooze from the surgery area for a day or two. If bleeding persists, contact our office.