After Surgery

Keep tongue and fingers away from the surgical area. Smoking is not advised and can interrupt the healing process.

Do not rinse the mouth the same day as treatment. The following day, a salt water rinse (one half teaspoon of salt per glass of lukewarm water) may be used approximately 6 to 8 times daily and after eating. Gentle brushing of teeth may be resumed the day after surgery. Do not rinse if bleeding occurs, and do not use mouthwash!

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Avoid spitting and rinsing if bleeding occurs. It is normal for saliva to be blood-streaked for a day or two. It is not normal for the mouth to fill with bright red blood at any time. Rarely, bleeding may start up many days after surgery. To stop bleeding, first wipe away excess clot on gums before applying pressure. Continuous pressure is then applied by biting down on gauze until the bleeding subsides. An ordinary moist tea bag may be used as a pack also. Continuous hard pressure is needed to control the bleeding. Repeat if necessary.


Normally, pain becomes less severe with each passing post-operative day, and some discomfort is to be expected. A prescription for pain medication may be provided, but ADVIL (Ibuprofen) can work effectively as well. If severe pain persists or increases, call the office immediately.


This is a perfectly normal occurrence, and can last up to ten days. An ice pack may be used as instructed. Maximum swelling occurs 48 hours after surgery. On occasion, delayed swelling may occur from lower third molar sockets several weeks or months following surgery. The cause may be food debris accumulation or infection. Antibiotics and thorough irrigation of the affected area may be indicated.


Trismus or inability to open the mouth is very common and can last from one to three weeks.


Numbness, burning and tingling of the lip, tongue, chin, teeth and gums may occur in difficult lower extractions or third molar removals. This could last six months to one year. Very rarely permanent.


You can eat anything that you are able to tolerate comfortably as soon as desired. Avoid very hot or cold foods and/or fluids initially, then gradually return to your normal diet. This may require several days.

Consulting your Physician

Please do not ask your physician for advice or treatment regarding your post-operative surgery problems. If you have any questions regarding your treatment please do not hesitate to call this office.

Bad taste or odour in mouth

May be due to stitches and can be relieved by using a mouthwash with gentle rocking motion of the head only. This is not recommended for the first 48 hours following surgery.


If placed will need to be removed within 7-10 days after surgery or will spontaneously dissolve, depending on which types of stitches were placed. Dr. Fayad will tell you which type you may have received.

Sharp edges

Sharp edges and pieces of socket bone occur frequently. These usually disappear within 4-8 weeks. On occasion, it may be necessary to return to the office to have them removed. Call our office for advice.

Sores or Abrasions

May occasionally appear on lips and corners of the mouth following surgery. This is due to stretching during treatment. They may, on occasion, necessitate stitches. Use Vaseline or equivalent lip balm to keep moist.

Canker Sores

Occasionally appear following surgery. These are usually self-limiting and will resolve without treatment within 2 weeks.

After Surgery

You will be given extra gauze to take with you for hemorrhage control, and instructions for post-surgical care will be given verbally.


Do not hesitate to call us any time if in doubt. A telephone answering service is in place should you require assistance after regular business hours.

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