Post Surgical Instructions

Surgery of any kind places a stress on your body. Get adequate rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days following your procedure.  Swelling, discomfort, and restricted jaw function can be expected. These may be minimized by adhering to the following instructions:

For Bleeding: Place sterile gauze over the extraction site and bite firmly to apply pressure. Change gauze every 20-30 minutes as necessary. After 5 hours if there is still active bleeding run a black tea bag under warm water and place over extraction site.

  • Bleeding is normal over the next few days. Remember that the more active you are the more likely you are to bleed longer.
  • A little bit of blood mixed with saliva can look like a lot. It is normal to see blood in the sink when you brush for the next few days.
  • After any oral surgery there is a risk of swelling and or bruising. Ice should be applied to the cheeks in 20-minute intervals (20 min. ice on/20 min. ice off). Apply ice for the first 24 hours only.

For Discomfort: Take medications as directed by us before the local anesthesia wears off.

Diet Instructions: Consume soft/liquid foods for the first 24 hours. These include ice cream, yogurt, Jell-O, pudding, soup, etc. Avoid crumbly foods or hard to chew items such as steak, bagels, large sandwiches, potato chips etc.

General Instructions: It is not necessary to brush the night after surgery. You should however resume brushing the next day.


  • Brush teeth day of surgery
  • Drink through a straw
  • Forcefully swish or spit
  • Smoke for 24 hours
  • Rinse with any mouthwash for 1 week


  • Take all medications as directed
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Call the office with any questions
  • Avoid unnecessary use of your mouth

Call Us For:

  • Bright red persistent bleeding
  • Constant increasing pain 72 hours after surgery
  • A fever of 101 F or above
  • Swelling that increases in size starting 2-3 days after surgery

We are open for all types of dental care.

We are currently open for all types of dental care. You can call us (203) 799 - 2929 to make or reschedule an appointment. New patients continue to be welcome. As always, our office exceeds the requirements recommended by the CDC, OSHA, and CT Dept of Public Health.