Oral Surgery Aftercare: What should I expect?

If you have a procedure coming up like a wisdom tooth extraction or dental implant placement, you might have some questions for our oral surgeon about what to expect after treatment. Managing swelling and discomfort is an important aspect of recovery after an oral surgery, no matter if you are having a minor procedure or a more involved treatment. It’s important to avoid disturbing the surgical site – as this can delay one’s recovery and increase symptoms of discomfort.

Managing Discomfort, Swelling, and Bleeding

When it comes to managing discomfort and swelling after an oral surgery, be sure to wear the head dressing and cold compresses we provide for a few hours after surgery. The pressure from the dressing and the cold from the ice packs will help reduce post-operative swelling. Ice packs can be refrozen and reused within the first 24 hours after your procedure. After the first day, switch to warm compresses to manage swelling and discomfort.

As for bleeding, it is important to keep the gauze we provide after your procedure in your mouth for a few hours. If minor bleeding and/or oozing persist, you can place new, moistened gauze over the treatment site(s).

Avoid using straws when you drink as the suction generated can lead to increased bleeding. Be sure to avoid hard foods, particularly the kind with sharp edges for as long as recommended. A soft and liquid diet will help keep the clot in place for optimal healing.

Be sure to take medications, including prescription and over-the-counter varieties exactly as directed by our oral surgeon. If you experience excessive pain or swelling, report your symptoms to our team by calling our office.

Maintaining a Clean Mouth

Be sure to practice careful but thorough brushing so that you can keep your mouth as clean as possible after your procedure. The day after treatment, you should begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. You can utilize salt-water rinses up to ten times a day. Avoid swishing too vigorously during rinses so that you don’t disturb post-operative clots (clotting is an important aspect of the healing process).

If you have questions about upcoming treatment and recovery, call the office of Dr. Robert Peak and speak with one of our team members today.


In light of recent announcements from city, county, and state officials around mask mandates, we wanted to share the following:

Masks are still required for everyone entering our office, including those who have been vaccinated.

Why are we doing this?

  • We are continuing to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, other science-based organizations, and medical experts.
  • More infectious variants are circulating in Texas, and millions more people need to be vaccinated.
  • We know that wearing masks work in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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