Post-Operative Instructions


Our team at Oak Park Dental is committed to providing exceptional dental care so you can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. We’ll help you during every step of your dental care treatment, from the initial exam to post-operative recovery. In order to guide you after surgery, we have created these general instructions for oral care after your procedure. Read on to understand what to expect and how to care for your mouth in order to avoid infection, like peri-implantitis, and speed healing time.

Remember, each oral surgery is different, so you’ll also receive more specific instructions based on your procedure and individual situation.

What should I expect after an oral surgical procedure?

First, some amount of swelling and/or bruising after an oral surgery is normal. This is true with any type of oral surgery, from a tooth extraction to dental implants. Usually the swelling will peak two to three days after an operation and will naturally subside after that. You can expect to be sore for a few days after your surgery, but the pain should not be overbearing. It’s also possible that your speech will change while your mouth recovers from the surgery. Don’t worry; as your mouth heals and adjusts, your speech will return to normal. Your mouth may respond by creating more saliva after a surgery, but this too will subside within a week. Finally, some minor bleeding is normal after any oral surgery. Remember that mixing with saliva will make it look like there is more blood than there really is; but if bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop, call our office right away.

How can I care for my mouth after an oral surgical procedure?

  • To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. Use the cold compress for a maximum of ten minutes, then take a twenty minute break. Sleeping and sitting with your head and torso slightly propped up can also help to reduce swelling.
  • Treat soreness or light pain with the painkiller you would normally take to treat a headache. It is helpful to take your first dose before the local anaesthetic wears off.
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will help to reduce both the pain and swelling. Add one teaspoon of salt to a warm cup of water and stir until it dissolves. Use the mixture as you would a mouthwash; gently swish it around your mouth and spit it out. (Don’t do this right after after some oral surgeries. Refer to the specific instructions for your procedure.)
  • Apply firm pressure with a dampened piece of gauze to stop any bleeding.
  • Tobacco products should be avoided after you’ve had an oral surgery, they can increase the chances of developing an infection.
  • After any prescribed waiting period, maintain your oral hygiene schedule by brushing and flossing daily. Remember to be gentle around the areas that are healing.
  • It’s important to eat nutritious, soft foods just after an oral surgery. Avoid hot drinks, hard sticky foods, or carbonated and alcoholic drinks.
  • Take it easy for the first few days after the procedure; avoid sports, the gym, or strenuous exercise.
  • If swelling, bleeding, or pain does not subside after two days, give us a call immediately. We can meet with you to solve the problem and stop any infection from forming.

Each procedure and each patient is different; these guidelines are meant to be general care instructions for any type of oral surgery. At Oak Park Dental, we’ll give you specific instructions based on your individual situation and procedure. You can rest assured that we’ll provide a warm, inviting atmosphere where you’ll find the top-of-the-line dental care that has many calling us the best dentist in Madison. If you are looking for dental implants in Madison, WI or if you are experiencing complications after an oral surgery, please contact us today.

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