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Post Operative Instructions

    Standard Pre/Post Op Instructions


    • Ice outside of face (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) for the first 36 hours. After 36 hours, moist heat (heating pad) should be used.
    • Continue 1 tablet (800 mg) of prescribed Ibuprofen every 6 hours for 5 days.
    • No smoking, spitting, use of a straw, alcohol (this includes mouthwash) or carbonated beverages for 1 week.

    Remember, NO SPITTING for 10 days after your grafting procedure has been completed.



    • Continue 1 tablet (800 mg) of prescribed Ibuprofen every 6 hours for 5 days; after 5 days take 1 tablet every 8 hours as needed for discomfort.
    • If an antibiotic has been prescribed, take as directed until gone.
    • While taking your antibiotic, it is recommended to take a probiotic to aid in easier digestion and less discomfort on your stomach.
    • If additional pain medication has been prescribed take as needed.

    Home Care:

    • Starting 24 hours after surgery, gently bathe the area with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt per 8oz. water) Do this as often as possible for 2 weeks. If sutures have been placed, swab with toothettes after each meal.
    • There is no brushing the surgical site(s), but you may brush all other areas as normal.


    • No chips, pretzels, crackers, crusty breads or anything with seeds for 10 days.
    • No gum, caramels or sticky food.
    • Avoid acidic, spicy and salty foods for 2-3 days, as they might sting the surgical areas.

    Some soft food choices: mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, oatmeal, eggs or a protein shake.


    • It is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1-2 days.
    • If abnormal bleeding occurs, place a piece of moist gauze over the surgical site for 1 hour and bite firmly.
    • If bleeding persists: use a moist tea bag wrapped in gauze and bite firmly for 1 hour.
    • If heavy bleeding occurs, call the office.

    Swelling, bruising and stiffness:

    • It is normal after extractions to have some swelling, bruising and stiffness and should not cause alarm.
    • These symptoms usually peak on the third day and begin to disappear on the fourth and fifth day.

    It is important to limit activities and stay on Ibuprofen to ensure a comfortable recovery period.


    • Stitches may have been placed at the surgical site and will be removed in 1 or 2 weeks.

    Please note:Some stitches may fall out early (2 to 7days). Do not be concerned by this as plenty of stitches have been placed.

    Our team is committed to giving patients the highest quality dental care in a comfortable, relaxed environment using the most innovative implant technology. We are confident you will trust our friendly, caring and knowledgeable team.

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