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Home Care Instructions

  • Swelling, minor pain, oozing, and/or skin discoloration may be experienced. This will be temporary. If the surgery was performed in the lower jaw, a tingling of the lower lip is possible due to stretching of the nerve supplying this area.


  • In order to keep swelling to a minimum, use of an ice pack on the face over the operated area is recommended. The ice pack should be used alternately – 20 minutes on; 20 minutes off, for 6 hours following surgery. Place the ice pack in the freezer during the “off” time.


  • Do not raise the lip with your fingers to inspect the treated area – you may pull out some of the stitches.


  • Avoid hot liquids and eat only soft foods for the first 48 hours. Use your own judgement after this period, but avoid hard or chewy foods. until your next visit.


  • Do not brush teeth near the operated area for 5 days after surgery. Be sure to brush the rest of your teeth. When resuming brushing, hold the brush between thumb and forefinger to control pressure.


  • Starting tomorrow, use warm salt water rinses (1 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water) on the treated area under the lip or cheek. This should be done 4 to 5 times a day, allowing for 1 minute of rinsing each time. Continue to rinse for the remainder of the week.


  • Get plenty of rest and ensure normal intake of food, especially liquids such as fruit juices, soups and milk. Avoid alcohol.


  • For pain use OTC analgesics (Advil, aspirin, Tylenol, etc.) every 4 to 6 hours unless you require the stronger prescription we may have written for you.


  • Should any difficulties or questions arise, do not hesitate to call this office at any time – day, night or weekend.