Oral Surgery

Post Operation Instructions


  • - Change your gauze every 30 to 60 minutes as required, to a maximum of 2 hours.
  • - Blood streaked saliva and minor oozing is normal for the first 3 days.
  • - If extensive oozing occurs, place a damp stack of 2 or 3 folded-up gauze directly over the surgical site and bite firmly for 1 hour. A moistened tea bag may also be used. Pressure and time are key to stop oozing.
  • - Semi sitting position is suggested with rest, while attempting to control bleeding.
  • - Avoid spitting as this may trigger more bleeding.
  • - Just these measures do not stop the bleeding, please call our office.



This is normal and can increase during the first 3 days. It generally takes 10 to 14 days to disappear. Ice bags wrapped in a towel can help reduce the swelling if applied 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off, for the first 24 to 48 hours. Is swelling increases in tenderness or firmness, please call our office.



Postoperative pain requiring medication usually persist 3 to 4 days after surgery. If the pain gets worse after the third day, or if any of the following symptoms occur: increased pain, earache, headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, or nausea, please call our office.



Although a regular diet may not be possible for a few days, nutritious liquids and soft food should be taken (ie. juices, soups, shakes). Do not use a straw for the first 4 days. Avoid hot fluids while your mouth is frozen so as not to inadvertently burn your tissues.



Smoking for the first 4 days is not advised as chances of a dry socket are increased.



Sutures hold the tissue in place - do not attempt to remove them yourself. Avoid manipulating them with your tongue or fingers. Unless otherwise directed, they will dissolve in 7 to 14 days. It will take 4 to 6 weeks for the gum to close over the surgical site.


Oral Hygiene

Do not rinse your mouth today. Start rinsing tomorrow with warm water (½ teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water) after each meal and at bedtime for 1-2 weeks. Use soft brushes, or gauze wrapped around your finger to clean near the site. You should brush and floss normally everywhere else.


At any time, if the need arises, please feel free to call our office at 604.423.3577. If we are closed, please call the same number and follow the directions on our voicemail.