After minor buccal surgery

The care recommended here must be respected to promote healing. Note that after surgery, it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling.

Day of surgery

  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for an hour or two with firm pressure and change them every half hour as needed.
  • Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If you’re bleeding, take a gauze or a lightly moistened tea bag and bite it for about 20 minutes.

To avoid

  • Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting.
  • Avoid drinking with a straw.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid foods or hot drinks. Eat cold and soft foods.
  • Avoid intense activities.


  • In the first 24 hours to 72 hours, take a drug based on acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medications that have been prescribed to reduce the pain. Avoid taking aspirin.

From the next day to complete healing

  • Rinse your mouth, three times a day, with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Bruises may appear on the skin. They will disappear after five to seven days.
  • It is likely that you have trouble opening your mouth. It should be alleviated after four to five days.

Do not hesitate to call us if after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing.

After a few days, you will feel better and you can resume your usual activities. Do not hesitate to call us at 514 593-9229 if you feel pain, bleed profusely, have swelled for 2-3 days or if you react to medication.