Post Operative Instructions Following Surgical Procedures

Please follow the instructions below to encourage healing following your surgical procedure:


Please start to take pain killers before the local anaesthetic wears off. Please do not exceed the recommended dose.

  • Paracetamol 1g every 4 hours with a maximum dose of 4g in a 24 hour period
  • Also take 400mg ibuprofen every 4-6 hours with a maximum of 2.4g in a 24 hour
    period. (Avoid if you have asthma or stomach problems)


Do not rinse your mouth excessively on the day of surgery as this can encourage bleeding. It is fine to
brush your teeth gently before going to bed

Starting the day after surgery please rinse your mouth 3-4 times daily, for one week, with one of the following:

  • Warm salty mouthrinse-1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water
  • Corsodyl alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Kin mouthwash


A small amount of bleeding is normal.

If there is continuous oozing please take a piece of gauze (or clean tea towel/ cold used tea bag), place it over the surgical site and bite firmly for 20 mins, while sitting upright.

If bleeding continues following this please contact the practice.


Swelling is common following a surgical procedure. The application of ice packs during the first 24 hour
may help. It usually peaks within 72 hours and gradually reduces.


If you have stitches in your mouth these will be dissolvable. They will fall out by themselves in 2 to 3 weeks.


A soft diet is advised for the next 5-7 days.


Local anaesthetic will leave your mouth


Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 48 hours. If you are taking antibiotics, it is best to avoid alcohol for the length of the course.


Avoid exercise and strenuous activity for at least 24 hours


If you have received sedation, avoid the following for 24 hours: driving a vehicle, cycling, operating machinery, signing important documents and making important decisions.

It is possible for you to begin feeling sedated again within 24 hours of the initial sedative being given.

You must ensure you have somebody to stay with you on the night after the procedure.

Any Additional Concerns

If you have any doubts or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic directly.