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Oral Surgery After Care Instructions
Madison, WI

Topic: Dental Implant Recovery

Topic: Wisdom Tooth Recovery

Topic: Tooth Extraction Recovery

Following oral surgery, it's crucial to adhere to our aftercare guidelines in order to heal properly, heal quickly, and minimize the risk of complications. There are some essential instructions to follow:


Expect slight bleeding after surgery. Use gauze pads to bite down on, gently. The pressure will eventually stop the bleeding. Change the pads as needed until bleeding subsides.

Pain Management

Take any prescribed medications, or over the counter medications, as directed. Use ice packs on the outside of your face to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.

Rest or Activity?

Rest for a full 24 hours following surgery. Avoid all strenuous activities. Strain may increase bleeding, and discomfort.

Oral Hygiene

Maintain good oral hygiene, but be gentle around the surgical site. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse with warm saltwater to keep the area clean.


Stick to soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid crunchy or hard foods that may irritate the surgical site.


Some swelling is totally normal after surgery. Apply ice packs to reduce swelling.

No Smoking and No Alcohol

Do not smoke or drink alcohol while healing from oral surgery. Smoking increases the chances of dry socket, and delays healing. Alcohol negatively affects the immune system, delays healing, and increases the risk of other complications.

Follow Up Appointments

Attend all scheduled follow up appointments with our team. This allows our team to monitor your progress, and address any concerns quickly.

By following the aftercare instructions, our patients promote faster healing and reduce the risk of complications. If you have any questions or experience unusual symptoms, please contact the Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants team at (608) 960-7650 immediately.

Essential Oral Care Practices

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to overall health and well being. To keep your mouth healthy, and prevent dental issues, incorporate these practices into your daily routine:

Brush your teeth at least twice per day, preferably after meals. Use a gentle circular motion to clean all the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Don't forget to brush the tongue to remove bacteria and food particles.

Floss at least once per day, before bedtime is best. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth, and below the gumline. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or if the bristles become frayed. Lastly, schedule regular dental appointments and cleanings with us to detect any issues early, and maintain optimal oral health.

Importance of Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is vital for several reasons. First, proper oral care prevents larger dental issues such as cavities and periodontal gum disease. By brushing and flossing regularly, we remove tartar, which prevents plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that leads to tooth decay and gum disease when not removed. It is crucial to consider that dental hygiene contributes to overall health. Research suggests that oral health is linked to conditions like heart disease, and diabetes.

In addition, a healthy smile boosts self confidence and promotes social well being. Regular dental exams allow our team to detect problems and address them early, which prevents serious issues in the future. Prioritizing dental hygiene preserves smiles and supports overall health, as well as quality of life.

Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

We strongly advise all of our patients to establish a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, until it becomes an automatic part of their day. Establishing an oral hygiene routine is essential to maintain optimal oral health, and overall health.

We recommend brushing teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, preferably after meals, using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend at least two minutes brushing, making sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces. It is also important to brush the tongue gently to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

After brushing, floss between all of your teeth to remove plaque and food particles that the brush can't reach. Slide the floss gently up and down between each tooth to clean beneath the gum line. By making proper oral hygiene a part of your daily ritual, you can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. This ensures a healthy and confident smile for years to come.

Brushing Techniques for Healthy Teeth

Proper brushing techniques are crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and use gentle, circular motions to clean the front, back, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Brushing harder does not remove more tartar. But, over time, too much pressure can damage tooth enamel, irritate gums, and even make the gums recede. Pay special attention to areas where plaque tends to accumulate, such as along the gumline and behind the back teeth. Be thorough, but gentle, and ensure that you brush for at least two minutes each time. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or when the bristles become frayed. By adopting proper brushing techniques, patients can remove plaque, prevent cavities, prevent gum disease, and maintain a healthy smile.

Flossing Tips for Gum Health

Proper, regular flossing is critical for maintaining healthy gums, and overall oral health. To floss effectively, start with about 18 inches of dental floss, and wind most of it around your middle fingers. Leave about one to two inches of floss to work with. Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and index finger in each hand, and gently guide it between your teeth using a back and forth motion. Curve the floss into a C-shape around each tooth and carefully slide it beneath the gumline to remove plaque and food particles.

It is important to avoid snapping the floss into your gums, this causes irritation. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to prevent the spread of bacteria. Floss at least once per day, before bedtime is best. Regular flossing helps to prevent gum disease and keeps our smiles healthy. If you find traditional flossing difficult, consider using interdental brushes, floss picks, water flossers, or other interdental cleaning tools.

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(608) 960-7650


2921 Landmark Place
Madison, WI 53713

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Here you'll find instruction on how to care for yourself after you've had a Dental Implant, a Wisdom Tooth Removal, or a Tooth Extraction. If you still have questions feel free to give us a call at (608) 274-0770.
Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, 2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53713; (608) 960-7650;; 7/3/2024; Page Keywords: Dental Implants, Oral Surgeon, Wisdom Teeth Removal, Tooth Extraction, Oral Hygiene, Pain Management