Oral Surgery: Post-Operative Care 

It is important to take care of your surgery site. Please follow these instructions:

  1. Bite on gauze for 30 minutes to control bleeding. If bleeding continues, place another piece of gauze and continue to apply pressure. There will be spotty bleeding for 1-2 days after surgery. If bleeding is excessive (dark red liquid continuously coming out of the surgery site), call the office or your doctor to address your needs. If for any reason you cannot reach us, go to your local emergency room.
  2. For at least 24 hours do not: smoke, consume alcohol, or if you had upper jaw surgery, avoid blowing your nose.  Any of these things may cause the blood clot over the surgery site to dislodge from the “socket” causing a “dry socket” and will result in pain.
  3. Wisdom teeth removal: If you have been prescribed pain medication and Ibuprofen, YOU MUST TAKE BOTH MEDICATIONS.  These medications do different things, and they work well together.  Start a time regimen from the first time you take your first dosage.   
  4. The normal “Peak of swelling” is on the third post-operative day. Patients should start feeling better after 3-4 days.  Remember to RUB AND MASSAGE THE SITES FROM THE OUTSIDE.  This helps bring blood flow to the area which helps with healing. 
  5. Do maintain a regular diet that is tolerable. If you’re a diabetic patient, avoid sugary foods to aid healing. Avoid foods like; chips, popcorn, and nuts as they may be difficult to dislodge.
  6. If you experience pain, discomfort, difficulty opening your mouth or your bleeding continues or worsens after 3 days, call the office for a reexamination. (you can also try moistening a black tea teabag, wring out, fold in half, and place over extraction site, gently apply pressure.  The tannic acid in the tea helps with bleeding.)
  7. If you were given medications, take them according to the instructions. If it is safe for you to take Ibuprofen, you may be prescribed Ibuprofen to keep swelling down in addition to a pain reliever.
  8. After 24 hours, start gently rinsing your mouth with saltwater after meals for a few days.
  9. Day 1 of surgery, ice should be applied.  Day 2, 3, 4…apply warm, moist heat

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Please call the office with questions: 
Valrico (813)452-6380
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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.

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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.

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2922 Lithia Pinecrest Rd Valrico, FL 33596

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5420 Land O' Lakes Blvd
Ste 104 Land O Lakes, FL 34639

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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.