1. After today's surgery, it is normal to experience some soreness for a day or two following treatment. Carefully follow all instructions to achieve the best results and to speed the healing process.

2. Some slight bleeding after treatment is normal. However, if excessive bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure with a moist gauze pad or tea bag for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, call the office for further instructions.

3. For the first 24 hours, place ice packs on your face on an intermittent basis near the area of surgery. This will reduce the initial swelling and make you feel more comfortable.

4. 24 hours after the procedure, use salt-water rinses 3 to 4 times per day. 1 teaspoon of salt to 8 oz of warm water. Stir....Rinse....Spit.

5. Eat soft foods only, until you can chew without difficulty. Try soups, gelatin, ice cream, yogurt or apple sauce. Do not drink liquids through a straw as the suction may damage the treated areas.

6. Avoid brushing or chewing in the treated area.

7. Follow directions on all medications carefully and fully. Continue to take all medications for the indicated length of time, even if symptoms are reduced.

8. Avoid strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours after treatment. Do not smoke at least 2 weeks after surgery. We strongly recommend that you quit smoking permanently. Smoking compromises the healing of any dental treatment. Smoking can lead to serious complications following any dental surgical procedure.

Call our office if you have any questions or problems. We are always available.

Emergency Phone Number: (337)287-3330