After minor oral surgery

To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest that you follow the suggested recommendations below. Please note, however, that it is normal to feel some discomfort after surgery and to have your face swollen.

Day of surgery

  • Use compresses and keep them in the mouth for an hour or two, while maintaining firm pressure. Substitute compresses every 20 to 30 minutes as needed.
  • Apply ice to the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour).
  • In case of bleeding, take a gauze or a tea bag lightly moistened and bite for about twenty minutes.

To avoid

  • Rinse the mouth or spit
  • Drink with a straw
  • Smoke
  • Eat hot foods or beverages: favor cold, soft food
  • Indulge in intense activities


  • During the first 24 to 72 hours, take a medicine containing acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medications that have been prescribed for you to relieve pain, but avoid aspirin.
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water) the day after surgery until the complete healing.
  • It is possible that bruises appear on your skin. These will gradually disappear after five to seven days.
  • It is also likely that you have trouble opening your mouth. The discomfort will subside between four and five days.
  • If the pain intensifies after three days, do not hesitate to call us.

You will feel better after a few days and can resume your usual activities. If you experience pain, heavy bleeding, swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please contact us without delay at 819 477-3313.