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Carefully follow post-op instructions to heal properly from your procedure.

Questions & answers

Post-op instructions

What general oral care should be used following surgery?

Following oral surgery, it is important to carefully follow the instructions given to you by your dentists. These steps will help you heal correctly and achieve an optimal final result. It is important to:

  • Not rinse or spit for 24 hours following surgery.
  • Avoid touching the surgical site with your fingers and tongue.
  • Use ice packs regularly to avoid pain and swelling.
  • Use a damp, heated cloth after 24 hours.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication to avoid discomfort. If you experience a lot of pain, you may be prescribed something stronger.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Only eat soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow.

What happens after surgery?

After surgery, you will return home to rest, heal and closely follow post-op instructions. It is important to schedule a follow-up visit with our dentists to make sure you have healed properly.

What if there is a problem post-surgery?

It is uncommon to experience any issues following oral surgery if you follow the post-op instructions. In the event that there is a problem, call our office immediately so we can get you in to see our dentists.

Post-op instructions


Oral surgery includes a number of surgical dental treatments. The goal of oral surgery is to improve the function, health and appearance of your smile and the surrounding structures, such as your jaw. In many cases, we strive to provide the most conservative treatment possible. However, oral surgery may be necessary to correct certain conditions and improve your oral and overall health. Oral surgery may include:

  • Tooth extraction (for teeth that are decayed, damaged or infected to the point that an effective restoration is impossible)
  • Wisdom teeth removal (for wisdom teeth that are impacted or have grown in at an incorrect angle)
  • Jaw surgery (to treat a TMJ disorder, correct uneven jaw growth or improve the fit of dentures)
  • Bone grafts (to increase bone density or improve the chances for a successful dental implant)

While we provide many oral surgery treatments at our office, we also work closely with other dental professionals and hospitals to ensure that you receive the high-quality results you deserve. Our dentists will carefully evaluate your smile and your needs to determine whether oral surgery is the best available treatment choice for you.

Our team is committed to ensuring that your oral surgery is as comfortable as possible. Please feel free to contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and schedule your individual consultation!

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At Dentistry and Braces group, we believe that everyone deserves exceptional dental care, no matter their age or circumstance. For personalized, comprehensive dental care, contact our experienced dentists and make your appointment today.