Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery



Healing following oral surgery is usually fast and uncomplicated if you follow the directions below:

  1. Bite on gauze sponges for 30 minutes after the surgery to encourage the bleeding to clot. Replace the sponges with new moistened gauze sponges for another 30 minutes if fresh, red blood is present. If bleeding continues after this time, bite on a teabag for 30 minutes. If you are still bleeding, please contact our office.
  2. Do not drink or eat hot foods today, as you may dissolve or loosen the blood clot. Eat cool, soft, nutritious foods today.
  3. Do not suck on the wound site for the next few days. You may disturb the blood clot, causing bleeding, slow healing, and/or bone pain often called a “dry socket.”
  4. Do not eat hard foods for a few days in the part of your mouth where the surgery was accomplished. You could disturb the healing.

5. Do not overexert yourself during the next 24 hours.

6. If pain persists after several days, please contact us for instructions.

We will provide you with specific instructions regarding your surgery.