After Surgery Instructions

Patient Instructions: Instructions Following Oral Surgery


It is normal to experience some discomfort after dental surgery. You may have moderate discomfort after the anaesthetic wears off.

Most discomfort can be controlled with a mild analgesic:

Ibuprofen 400 mg every 6 to 8 hours


Paracetamol 1000mg every 4-6 hours

For anything stronger, combing the above two is recommended, so

Ibuprofen 400 mg every 6-8 hours


Paracetamol 1000mg every 4-6 hours

If the above pain relief is not sufficient, then your Dentist may prescribe Oxycodone 5mg 4-6 hourly in combination with the above. A prescription is required for Oxycodone and should be used as directed for no more than 3 days.


Do not be concerned if traces of blood are noted in the saliva for several hours after surgery. It is not unusual to have some slight bleeding. If the site continues to bleed, try to relax and gently bite on a piece of gauze or a moistened tissue sustaining constant, light pressure for fifteen minutes.
Bleeding can be avoided by not vigorously rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours following surgery, keeping your head elevated during the first evening, discontinuing your usual exercise regime for 1-2 days, restricting yourself to a soft diet and by avoiding smoking, which delays healing and irritates the tissues.


In some cases, swelling is to be expected. To help alleviate this, ice packs may be applied to the outside of the face over the area of surgery for twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off for the first three or four hours following surgery. Ice cubes in a plastic bag work as nicely as an ice pack.

Oral Hygiene:

After surgery it is important to keep your teeth and mouth as clean as possible. Beginning the day after the extraction, using our supplied mouthwash and/or warm salt-water rinses [a tea spoon of salt mixed with half a cup of warm water] can be used several times a day. During the first week, the non-treated area should be brushed normally.


Antibiotics may be prescribed depending upon the surgical procedure. It is important that they are taken as directed.


Dexamethasone may by prescribed depending upon the surgical procedure. It is important to take them as prescribed in the morning for 3 days, then a half dose for 3 further days.

Nutrition and Eating:

Maintaining an adequate diet after surgery is important. Do not chew on the surgery area for at least 1 week. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth and avoid extremely hard or spicy foods. Select foods that provide nourishment with little if any necessary chewing. Avoid the use of straws whilst drinking to prevent blood clot dislodgement.

Post-Operative Appointment:

You should return to the Dentist if you at all concerned with the healing. You may be seen for a post-operative appointment 10 days following surgery.

Practice Hours – Reception – (07) 3870 3333
After hours – Dr Paul McKay – 0432 991 793

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