Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.



Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. A quick return to a normal diet as soon as possible is advised unless otherwise directed.

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 2-3 days. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting firmly on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize this swelling, apply ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For mild discomfort, Tylenol may be taken. Advil or Aleve may be taken instead of Tylenol. For moderate pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed oral rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the oral rinse should be used as directed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out.

Warm salt water rinses (1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) should be used at least 8-10 times a day as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is encouraged. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should be used as discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

If you have any questions regarding your prosthesis after surgery, please call our office at 479-484-0200 or 800-852-0443.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. William Curry and Monte Butler manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.

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