Post Op Instructions

Please note that some degree of discomfort can be anticipated. After an operation in the mouth, follow these general rules:

  1. DO NOT SMOKE OR CONSUME ALCOHOL - for at least 1 or 2 days. Smoking can cause a painful condition called dry socket and alcohol consumption causes increased bleeding.
  2. DO NOT RINSE - or use mouthwash on day of surgery. The day following the operation, you may begin rinsing your mouth with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water.
  3. DO NOT TOUCH - the wound with your fingers. The blood clot in the wound should not be disturbed.
  4. EAT - soft, nutritious foods, avoiding hot or cold beverages. Chew on the side opposite to your wound. Do not sip through a straw the day of surgery.
  5. REST - and avoid any excessive activity.
  6. SWELLING - to varying degrees may occur as a normal after-effect. Much discomfort and swelling can be avoided if you apply a COLD compress or ice pack. Place on face, over the area of operation as soon as possible following surgery. DO NOT USE DRY HEAT.
  7. BLEEDING - from the wound is a normal part of the healing process. However if bleeding persists, try the following procedures:


  • Rinse your mouth briefly but thoroughly with a solution of warm water and salt
  • Gently wipe out your mouth with clean gauze, being careful not to disturb the wound.
  • Place a roll or pad of sterilized gauze over the wound and close your teeth tightly. Maintain this steady pressure for thirty minutes. Repeat several times if necessary. A teabag moistened in cool water may also be used.
  • Keep your head elevated, even while resting or sleeping.
  • If bleeding persists beyond 24 hours call our office immediately (604-521-6313) or seek medical attention ASAP.