Instructions post-opératoires après une chirurgie buccale mineure

After minor oral surgery:

The care recommended here should be followed to promote healing. Note that after surgery, it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling.

Day of surgery

  • Keep the pads in your mouth for an hour or two, maintaining firm pressure, and change them every half hour as needed.
  • Apply ice to the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If you are bleeding, take a lightly moistened gauze pad or tea bag and bite down on the pad or tea bag for 20 minutes.

To be avoided

  • Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid hot foods or drinks. Eat cold, soft foods.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.


  • For the first 24 to 72 hours, take an acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) medication, or any medication you have been prescribed for pain relief. Avoid taking aspirin.

From the next day until full recovery

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Bruises may appear on the skin. They will disappear after five to seven days.
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This should subside after four to five days.
  • If, after three days, the pain increases instead of decreasing, call us.

After a few days, you will feel better and be able to resume your usual activities. If you are bleeding a lot, are in pain, have been swollen for two or three days, or if you are reacting to the medication, call us at 450-465-7800.