• Avoid eating and drinking for 2-3 hours
  • Vigorous mouth rinsing and/or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort. This will usually coincide with the local anaesthetic becoming diminished.
  • Severe pain following surgery is unusual and relief can be obtained by taking Co-Codamol regularly as prescribed
  • Take 400mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6  hours along with the Co-Codamol if required, unless your doctor has directed you otherwise.
  • Eat before taking your pain medication.
  • Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
  • Apply ice packs to the affected area(s) (20 minutes on/20 minutes off)
  • Cold/cool drinks and soft foods are best today to reduce swelling.  You may eat once you’re home. (Suggestions: ice cream/milkshakes, Jell-O, pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt, applesauce, canned fruit, Ensure, avocado, banana, cut up popsicles and protein shakes)


  • If you had general anaesthesia/IV sedation, remember:


* Do not operate/drive any vehicle or machinery for 24 hours following surgery.


*Do not make any major or personal decisions or enter into any legal agreements for at least 24 hours following surgery.




  • Rinse with warm salt water 4 times per day (1/2 teaspoon of salt in tumbler of water).
  • Resume brushing your teeth, being careful to avoid surgical sites for 3-4 days.
  • Begin eating warm, soft foods.  Keep your diet soft for about 1 week.  (Suggestions:  scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, pasta/ravioli, soups, cooked vegetables, oatmeal, pancakes, meatloaf, quiche, macaroni and cheese and spaghetti).
  • Avoid hard foods that can get stuck in extractions sites (nuts, chips, popcorn) for 2 weeks.