The Day Of Surgery

Surgical Instructions

The Day of Surgery:

Keep in mind that there are few real limitations. Only do what is comfortable, particularly from a perspective of activity level and eating (see below). Use common sense.)

Apply ice pack 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for 2 hours.

Take antibiotics (if any prescribed).

Take anti-inflammatory medication (as recommended) for a minimum of two days.

What to expect:


slight bleeding may occur

bruising (slight: 1-3 days after)

Your dressing (if used) will likely fall off during the first few days. If the dressing is still in place at your first postoperative visit, we will remove it then.

Don't be alarmed if you are feeling pain 4-5 days after, this is normal


On the first day swelling may occur and can be kept to a minimum with an ice pack to the outside of the face over the surgical area.

Ice packs may be applies to reduce swelling at intervals of 10 minutes on 10-min off for two to three hours. If there is significant swelling, continue with the ice packs, 20 minutes or so each hour, until the swelling subsides. Swelling immediately follow a surgical procedure is usually not due to an infection.

Swelling should go down in a few says.

Please call if you experience any of the following :

  • Swelling which begins or worsens three or more days after the surgery or it is hot to the touch
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Discomfort not controlled by your anti-inflammatory and/or prescription pain pills
  • Anything about your healing that concerns you
  • Fever

Oral Hygiene:

For the first week after surgery, use luke warm salt water(1 tbl spoon salt in 8oz of water) to rinse your mouth. You may brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush, but be careful not to irritate the gums. Wehave given you a take home surgical bag.