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Bryan Darling DDS, MD, PA D/B/A The Oral and Implant Surgery Center | Post-Op Instructions in Jonesboro


317 Southwest Drive, Suite A
Jonesboro, AR 72401

(870) 933-1221

Post-Op Instructions

Post Operative Care Instructions

  • Do not smoke for 1 week post operatively. This will most likely cause a dry socket. You may use a nicotine patch.
  • The day of surgery you may eat soft foods only. You may begin chewing more solid foods & exercising your jaws the day following surgery. Chewing is beneficial because it promotes healing.
  • 24 hours after surgery begin stretching and rinsing your mouth. Do your stretches in sets of 10, 10 times a day to increase your oral opening. Use salt water only to rinse - 8oz glass of water to 1 tablespoon of salt. Do not rinse vigorously. Very gently rinse (swirl) and allow rinse to fall out of the mouth. You should rinse at least 3 times daily; including after each meal and before bedtime. Continue salt water rinse for one week or until surgery site is healed. You may start brushing your teeth 24 hours after surgery. Brush very gently around the surgery site. Do not use mouth washes such as Listerine; only use the salt water until completely healed.
  • Do not spit or use straws for 3-4 days.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverage for 3-4 days.
  • Place firm pressure with bite, on the moistened gauze, behind your back teeth or surgery site for an hour at a time. Change gauze every hour until oozing subsides, and then change as needed. Maintain pressure as much as possible for 24 hours. This helps to stabilize the blood clot and promote healing. Gauze should be removed to eat and replaced as needed after eating. Gauze should always be moistened when in use.
  • Do not lie flat for 48 hours – sleep elevated at no less than a 45 degree angle reclined (this could be in a recliner and/or by using extra pillows in bed to elevate yourself from the hips up.)
  • Apply ice pack to the outside of surgical area 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first 36 hours post operatively. After 36 hours you may switch to heat for comfort. Peak swelling usually occurs on the third or fourth post operative day.
  • You may have varying degrees of discomfort, swelling, bleeding, bad taste, jaw stiffness, mild temperature elevation, and facial discolorations are normal for 2-10 days post surgery.
  • Stitches may come untied or dissolve at different times following surgery; anywhere from day 2 through day 12.
  • Our office will attempt to contact you at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. If you do not receive a call from our office please contact us at 870-933-1221 as it is imperative that we speak to you in advance of your appointment.


You should fill your prescribed pain medication, eat a small meal, and take the medication within approximately one hour.

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