After minor oral surgery

To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest you follow the recommendations proposed below. However, please note that it is quite normal to experience some discomfort after surgery and have lower swollen face.

Day of surgery:

Use compresses and keep them in the mouth for an hour or two, while maintaining firm pressure. Substitute compresses every 20 to 30 minutes as needed.
Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice time).
In case of bleeding, take a gauze or a moistened tea bag and bite for about twenty minutes.

To avoid:

  • Rinse your mouth or spit
  • Drink with straw
  • smoke
  • Consuming food or hot drinks: favor cold food and soft
  • Engage in strenuous activities


During the first 24 to 72 hours, taking a drug containing acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medication that has been prescribed to relieve pain, but avoid aspirin .
Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp. Of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water) the day after surgery until recovery complete.
It is possible that bruises appear on your skin. They gradually disappear after five to seven days.
It is also likely that you have difficulty opening the mouth. The discomfort will subside between four and five days.
If the pain intensified after three days, do not hesitate to call us.

You will feel better after a few days and can resume your normal activities. In case of pain, heavy bleeding, swelling for 2-3 days or reaction to prescribed medication, please contact us without delay at 514 925-3368.