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IntroductionBefore AnesthesiaAfter Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


A certain amount of bleeding, pain, and swelling is normal after surgery. Reduce your activity as much as possible for several hours. Avoid eating, drinking, and unnecessary talking. These activities may hinder proper healing in the first few hours.

Do not be alarmed if your vision is blurred for a time following anesthesia or if a "black and blue" bruise should appear at the site of an injection. The arm also may be "black and blue", swollen and tender to touch due to the IV.

Follow the simple instructions specific to your procedure to minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery.

General Care after Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  1. Keep fingers and tongue away from surgical area.
  2. Use ice packs on surgical area (side of face) for first 48 hours, apply ice 20 minutes on - 10 minutes off.  If you do not have an ice pack, bags of frozen peas work well.
  3. For mild discomfort take Ibuprofen every three to four hours. You may also use Tylenol but be aware that your narcotic medication often is also combined with some Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
  4. For severe pain use the prescription given to you.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids (do not use a straw).
  6. If the muscles of the jaw or face become stiff, chewing gum at intervals will help relax the muscles (except for TMJ and Orthognathic  surgery). The use of warm, moist heat to the side of your face beginning on the third day will further help with relaxation of the muscles.
  7. Diet may consist of soft foods which can be easily chewed and swallowed. No seeds, nuts, rice, popcorn, etc.
  8. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Bleeding is controlled by applying pressure to the surgical area for 90 minutes Then you may eat or drink. If bleeding persists from inside the mouth , a moist teabag should be placed in the area of bleeding firmly for one hour straight. This will aid in clotting blood. Repeat if necessary.  If bleeding still persists call our office.
  9. We suggest that you do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery.
    Feel free to contact us if any doubt arises as to your progress and recovery.

In case of problems

If you should have any problems such as excessive bleeding, pain, or difficulty in opening your mouth, call our office immediately for further instructions or additional treatment.

Remember your follow-up visit

It is often advisable to return for a postoperative visit to make certain healing is progressing satisfactorily. In the meantime, maintain a healthful diet, observe rules for proper oral hygiene, and call our office if you have any questions.