Post-operative Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. You will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period. Please take your medications as directed. It is recommended you take your pain medication as directed to stay ahead of the soreness. It is advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.

If you are able to take ibuprofen, it is recommended to take 400-800mg ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.  You may alternate over-the-counter acetaminophen (tylenol) in between doses of ibuprofen.

Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing acetaminophen (Tylenol), for example: Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Lortab, Tylenol #3 or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.  Please notify Dr. Bender if you have prolonged gastrointestinal upset (more than a day or two).


Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Continue using ice for 2-3 days following the procedure as often as possible. 


A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Apply moistened gauze to the immediate area with moderate pressure for 20 minutes; repeat if necessary.
  • Call the office if bleeding persists.


The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If all or part of the dressing comes off do not attempt to replace it (you may throw away). 


Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. A soft diet may feel most comfortable after the surgery.  Drink plenty of water and fluids. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.


Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.


You may gently rinse your mouth with mild salt water (1 tsp salt in 6-8 oz water) after meals.  If you were prescribed a Peridex mouthrinse (chlorhexidine), gently rinse 1/2 oz. 30-60 seconds in the morning and at bedtime. 


Do not brush the surgical site. You may brush and floss other areas normally.

Suture Removal

Many of your sutures will resorb on their own.  Allow whatever sutures to resorb naturally.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Frisco Office Phone Number 972-668-6310.