Healing, following oral surgery, is usually fast and uncomplicated if you follow the directions below:
- Bleeding: Bite on the gauze sponge for 20 minutes. Replace it with a new gauze sponge for another 20 minutes if fresh, red blood is present.
- If bleeding continues, a wet tea bag may be used in place of the gauze.
- Do not drink or eat hot foods today, as you may dissolve or loosen the healing blood clot. Eat cool, soft, nutritious foods today.
- Do not "suck" on the wound site for the next few days. You may disturb the blood clot, causing bleeding, slow healing, and/or that bone pain often called a "dry socket."
- Do not eat hard foods for a few days in the part of your mouth that received the surgery. You could disturb the healing.
- Do not overexert yourself during the next 24 hours.
- Do not rinse today. Tomorrow you may lightly with either warm water and a pinch of salt, or Listerine and warm water.