Postoperative Instructions


1. Go directly home after surgery and rest.

2. If you have taken pre-operative valium or had I.V. sedation, DO NOT attempt to drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery for your own safety.

3. After surgery, do not disturb the surgical area by rinsing or spitting for 24 hours. This could disturb the blood clot and cause bleeding. 

4. If excessive bleeding occurs, place a moist gauze pad over the surgical site and bite with pressure for 20 minutes. Change pad and repeat if necessary. 

If step 4 does not slow the bleeding sufficiently:

  • First, gently rinse the mouth with salt water.
  • Then wipe all clots from the mouth.
  • Then place a moistened tea bag directly over the bleeding area; and
  • Place gauze pad over the tea bag and apply biting pressure for 30 minutes. 

5. Apply an ice bag to the outside of the face intermittently to help reduce surgical swelling. This is only helpful for the first 24 hours.

6. Swelling is a normal reaction to surgery and is to be expected. Please do not become alarmed.

7. Be sure to take all medications as prescribed.

8. Eat soft, cool foods and drink plenty of liquids for several days following the surgery.

9. Avoid running, sports, and excessive activity for several days.

10. Avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages for up to five days.

11. Starting the day after surgery, brush your teeth gently and rinse after each meal with ½ teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Dr. Ragonese on the number provided to you. 
Make sure you leave your name, phone number, where you can be reached, and the nature of your call.