Post-surgery Home Care

Important!

Please contact us immediately should any of the following occur after the second day post-surgery:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Foul smell
  • Foul taste
  • Tearing of the gums or stitches
  • Bleeding
  • Loosening of the crown or bridge

In General

  • Continue taking your prescribed medication.
  • Do not pull or lift your lips to look at the stitches. These will remain for approximately two weeks.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol or perform strenuous exercise for the first 2 weeks after your surgery.
Chlorhexidine. Source: John Loo CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Source: John Loo CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

24 Hours After Surgery

  • Do not rinse your mouth until tomorrow. This will ensure that the blood will clot and you will not continue to bleed.
  • Expect slight oozing of blood to occur for the next two days.
  • If needed, continue to use the provided gauze packs to stop the bleeding.

2-14 days After Surgery

  • Rinse your mouth twice daily with Savacol (chlorhexidine) mouthwash.
  • Rinse with warm saline to increase mouth comfort. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water and gently rinse. Continue for as long as required.
  • Take care when brushing your teeth so as to not bump or scratch the surgery site.
  • Continue to use interdental brushes, flosses, and tapes dipped in Savacol before retiring.
  • Unless directed, do not use a manual or electric toothbrush in the surgery area, or brush the exposed healing cap.

2 Weeks After Surgery

  • Stop using the Savacol (chlorhexidine) mouthwash.