You may find that you see blood in your saliva right after surgery. Do not be alarmed, THIS IS NORMAL. For the first 24 hours, it is advisable to avoid rinsing, spitting or any hot liquids as they can cause bleeding. If you do suffer from bleeding, there are a couple of things you can do. First, wet a teabag and cool it, then place onto the affected area of the mouth, applying pressure. After 10 minutes, remove the teabag. Wait a further 10 minutes and check for bleeding, if it persists repeat the procedure.


Some swelling can be expected. FOR THE FIRST 48 HOURS FOLLOWING SURGERY, APPLY AN ICE PACK to the outside of the face in rotation. 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off. If swelling occurs, it usually reaches a maximum on the third day, and then subsides. THIS IS NORMAL. If the swelling becomes extremely prominent and is causing difficulty, please call us at our New York City Midtown dentist practice.


You MAY run a low-grade fever for a day or so, if the fever is significant or persists, please call us. If you take your own temperature, place the thermometer away from the surgical site.


Rinsing is to be avoided for the first 24 hours post surgically and longer if any persistent bleeding occurs.


Soft foods (ground beef, fish, soft cheese, yogurt, ice cream etc.) are recommended for the first few days. Avoid eating anything that is hard (i.e. nuts, popcorn). Certain fruit juices, highly seasoned foods and spices may be irritating, but will not affect healing. TRY TO EAT ON THE SIDE OPPOSITE THE SURGERY.

Oral Hygiene

Untreated areas of the mouth should be maintained as normal (i.e. brushing and flossing). Within 2 days, you can start to brush the teeth in the surgically affected area gently. Avoid contact with the gingival (gums). Normal hygiene will be re-established in the area of surgery over several weeks. You will receive a prescription for an oral rinse that will supplement your homecare efforts.

For Sinus Procedures

Avoid blowing the nose for two weeks post-surgery. Slight bleeding from the nose is not unusual during the first two days. The use of an over the counter anti-histamine will help keep the sinus area dry and comfortable.

Take All Medications as Directed

You may follow your regular daily activities but do try to avoid exertion of any type for the next 48 hours. Try to keep your head elevated. If you lie down, use 1 or 2 pillows.

Pain Medications

These can upset your stomach and induce nausea when taken on an empty stomach. Do NOT increase dosage or the frequency recommended. Do not drink alcoholic beverages within 48 hours. Alcohol and related substances burn localized tissues prolonging the healing time and increasing local discomfort.