Post-Operative Instructions

If you are undergoing oral or maxillofacial surgery, your dentist will provide you with post operative instructions that you need to follow while you are recovering at home. Whether it’s a routine tooth extraction, dental implant, bone reshaping or removal of your wisdom tooth, below are instructions that must be followed after your surgery:

Immediately After Surgery

  • A gauze pad will cover each extraction site and you need to bite it firmly to stop the bleeding. Don’t forget to remove the gauze before drinking or eating.
  • You may notice some numbness in your tongue, cheeks and lips. This is temporary and will wear off after a few hours.
  • When you arrive home, place a gauze pad on the site of extraction and bite firmly for half an hour. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, apply fresh gauze for another half an hour.
  • If there is excessive bleeding (pooling or dripping blood when you remove the gauze that doesn’t seem to stop), please call our office at (909) 483-0812 ASAP.


  • You may be prescribed an antibiotic and/or medication for the pain. Please make sure to take your meds as instructed by your dentist. Medication for the pain may include Ibuprofen or NSAIDs.


  • You may be instructed not to chew on the side of the extraction site. Eat only soft foods on Day 1 (surgery day) as well as on Day 2. Crunchy foods should be avoided for at least 1 week. Alcoholic drinks are also not allowed for at least 24 hours from surgery or if you are taking pain medications.


  • On the day of the surgery, you should not brush, rinse or spit. You may brush your teeth a day after but do not brush on the extraction site.


  • Your stitches will dissolve on their own. If you notice that they are becoming a bit loose when the swelling has subsided, don’t worry, this is just normal.

When Can I Go Back to My Normal Activities?

Driving or engaging in any strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 24 hours. When you feel better, you can return to work or school but do not force yourself.

We may ask you to return to our office here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA within 2 weeks after surgery for a follow-up visit. Please make sure to come for your appointment so we can check the surgical site to ensure it is healing properly.

If you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at (909) 483-0812. We’re always happy to assist.

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