Minor oral surgery

To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest following the recommendations outlined below. However, it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after surgery.

On the day of the surgery

Apply firm pressure on the compresses and keep them in your mouth for about an hour or two. Change the compresses every 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.
Put some ice on your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice an hour).
In case of bleeding, bite down on some gauze or a slightly dampened tea bag for about 20 minutes.


  • Rinsing your mouth or spitting
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Smoking
  • Eating or drinking hot food and beverages – choose cool, soft foods instead
  • Strenuous physical activity


  • During the first 24 to 72 hours, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the painkillers that have been prescribed to you. Avoid taking aspirin
  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or ½ tsp. of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water) the day after your surgery. Continue doing this until you are fully healed
  • Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This discomfort should go away after four or five days
  • If the pain gets worse after three days, call us right away

After a few days, you’ll feel better and will be able to resume your normal activities. Should you experience pain, excessive bleeding or swelling lasting two or three days, or if you have a reaction to the medication prescribed to you, call us right away at 450-562-0266.