Pre & Post-Operative Surgical Instructions

  • Get a good night’s rest.
  • Eat a light meal prior to your surgery, and take your normal medications.
  • If your orthopedist or cardiologist have advised taking antibiotics prior to dental treatment, please do so.
  • After your surgery, do not pull or lift your lip in order to keep the sutures intact, mild swelling, bleeding and discoloration is normal.
  • You will be given an ice pack to take home with you, place the pack on your face for 20 minutes and remove for 90 minutes. Use the ice pack throughout the day until bedtime.
  • The next morning, begin saline rinses (1/2 teaspoon salt with 8oz. warm water) rinse 5 times daily for 7 days.
  • Eat a soft diet, and brush your teeth while being very careful at the surgical site. Diluted mouthwash may be used on the 5th day.
  • Reduce discomfort by taking 600mg of ibuprofen OR 1000mg acetaminophen (Extra strength Paracetamol) every 6 hours for 3 days.
  • A post-operative appointment will be scheduled.