Do not disturb the wound

Bleeding, irritation, and infection may become worse if you disturb the area worked on.  Apply firm pressure and a cold compress for the remainder of the day of your treatment.  Avoid swishing liquids, spitting, and sucking for 24 hours.  Do not brush or floss the area until your stitches have been removed.  Use an antibacterial mouthrinse or salt water for one minute after each meal to keep the area clean.  Do not lift your lip to examine the site during the first week.


Apply Pressure and Cold

On the day of surgery, apply firm pressure and a cold compress to the area treated to encourage the re-attachment of the gums to your bone.  Do this as much as possible the day of your surgery until bedtime.



Smoking slows the healing process and will increase the chance of having post-operative complications.  Do not smoke for one week following surgery.



Some bleeding or oozing is normal after endodontic surgery.  If you are bleeding a lot, rinse your mouth once with cold water to see where the bleeding is originating from, then place a new gauze on the area using firm pressure for one hour.  You can also try using a damp black tea bag as an alternative to the gauze.  Keep your head elevated with pillows, and keep your activity to a minimum.



Swelling usually increases for 2 or 3 days.  Firm pressure and a cold compress will help alleviate swelling on the day of surgery.  After the first day, moist heat can be applied to stimulate healing. 


Pain and Discomfort

Some pain and discomfort are expected after surgery.  Pain medicine is supposed to make the pain tolerable, not to take away all of the pain completely.  Dr. Young recommends taking 500mg of Tylenol along with 800mg of ibuprophen (Motrin or Advil) every six hours for the first three days after your treatment, then as needed in the following days.  For the majority of patients this is adequate.  If you are still experiencing discomfort, you may substitute a narcotic such as Vicodin or Norco in place of the Tylenol.  Continue to take the ibuprophen even if you switch to the narcotic.



Continue to eat a healthy diet during your recovery, but keep the food away from the area we worked on.  Bland, non-spicy foods are best during the first week.



Take all medications only as directed.  If taking prescription pain medicine, do not drive, operate machinery, or supervise children until the effects have worn off.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at Grass Valley Office Phone Number 530-272-4254.