Do not disturb the wound.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 2-3 days. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with firm pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. Firm pressure is the key. Moisten tea bags should be used if pressure alone does not stop the bleeding. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of warm water) 8 - 10 times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete. REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


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.


You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic start to wear off. For soreness, Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol may be taken. For pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.


Keep physical activities/exercise to a minimum immediately following surgery. Be Smart. Use common sense. Resume your normal activates as soon as possible.

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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