Do not touch or prod the wound. If Dr. Dale Gallagher placed surgical packing, leave it alone. The pack helps keep the tooth exposed. If it becomes dislodged or falls out, do not be alarmed.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. If you experience excessive bleeding, control it by placing a gauze pad on the wound and biting down for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.


Swelling after surgery is normal. To control swelling, place an ice bag on the cheek in the treatment area. Apply the ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Eat soft food and liquids and avoid hot liquids and foods on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


Start taking pain medicine as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. If you experience moderate pain, you may take 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 3 to 4 hours. Ibuprofen may be taken instead of Tylenol. You may take 2 to 3 tablets every 3 to 4 hours as needed for pain. If you experience severe pain, take the prescribed medication as instructed.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is imperative for healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal, beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as thoroughly as you can and rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue until healing is complete.

Remember: The wound will heal better and faster if it is clean.


Minimize physical activities to a minimum after surgery. If you exercise, throbbing and bleeding may occur. Discontinue exercising if this occurs. Keep in mind that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you, so if you get light headed, stop exercising.

Contact our office with any questions and to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in Austin, Texas.