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Surgical Instructions

After Surgery

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue in many cases.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting or placing direct finger pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed. The more hydrated you are post-op, the better your chances are for a quick recovery (reduced swelling & less pain).


You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen, bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex or chlorhexidine Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses ( a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days without the doctor’s permission. This was discussed in the preoperative consultation.


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Alex H.

What an amazing experience. From the 1st appointment to my oral surgery they were very organized, caring and professional. They fully explained my procedure and what to expect prior to the surgery. The day of the surgery I had no wait time and everything was explained one again. My comfort was a top priority. After the surgery I received two follow up calls right away to check to see how I was doing and asked if I had any questions. Their COVID-19 protocols are great and not once did I have to wait in the lobby for more than 5 minutes. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing the type of services they offer.

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Dr Broumand is the best surgeon ever, i had a tumor in my face that no other surgeon would touch and he took it out and i look and feel normal again. I have had lots of surgery in the past but he is amazing, i can see my face again and not afraid to look in the mirror.

Amanda Conner

I’m in awe at how amazing this place and staff is. We called on Friday morning & told them how bad my back tooth was & just like that, I had an appt for Tuesday morning. I got my consultation from Dr. Broumand & X-Rays done within minutes. He pointed out another tooth that looked really bad and offered to take it out same day as my originally shattered one. How kind of him not wanting me to have to go through this twice considering I told him, I’m terrified of dentistry work of any kind. (He also came and did the iv insert himself because I informed him of some mild anxiety) Him and the girls (Michelle & Melanie, such professionals & sweethearts) went over everything step by step. Compared to other simpler surgeries, this was so comfortable, easy & very quick. I was able to eat soup & some easy foods within 3 hours, gave my boyfriend lots of aftercare information & without meds, 12 hours post-op I haven’t been in pain once. The office called a few different times throughout the first day to make sure I was okay. They went above and beyond. I couldn’t be anymore grateful for the girls in the office along with Dr. Broumand. Please consider this place if you want the best care possible.

Richard Ortega

Dr Broumand is the best there is. I had my 4 wisdom teeth and 1 molar extracted in one sit down. I had no pain and no swelling i was good to go. Staff was very helpful in getting me schedule for my post check up. I recommend Desert Ridge Oral Surgey for anyone.

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