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 advisable to not take pain medication on an empty stomach, as nausea may result.

As an alternative to prescription medications, some patients have found taking a combination of over-the-counter Ibuprofen and Tylenol to be effective. You may take the combination in either of the following dosages: 2 Advil 200mg tablets and 2 Regular Strength Tylenol or 3 Advil 200mg tablets and 1 Extra Strength Tylenol, every 4-6 hours as needed.

Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, 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.


Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place the provided cold pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours.  The prescribed ibuprofen will keep swelling down during the first four days of healing as well.


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

  • Do not rinse your mouth.
  • Elevate your head when lying down.
  • Saturate a tea bag in cold water, squeeze out the excess liquid and apply constant pressure for 20 minutes to the area.
  • 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 the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction.


Take in adequate (cold) fluids immediately and avoid chewing on the operated area of the mouth.  Eat as close to a regular diet as you can, avoiding hard or crunchy foods which could dislodge the dressing. Consume only cold drinks and foods for the first 24 hours.  Avoid hot foods and hot liquids for approximately 24 hours following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing and create bleeding. 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.


Do not rinse for the first 24 hours. After that, you may use a mild, diluted mouthwash or warm salt water depending on the type of surgery performed.


Do not brush the surgical site. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the following day.

Suture Removal

You may notice increased discomfort or swelling 3-4 days after the surgical procedure. As the tissues begin to heal, they may pull against the sutures and dressing. This is the reason ibuprofen is prescribed for the first four days.  Sutures will be removed in 7 or 14 days depending on the surgery.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry Phone Number 941-497-5591.  Dr. LaMar will provide all surgery patients with her cell phone number so she may be reached after office hours.