Pain Management

Some amount of discomfort may accompany this type of procedure. Over the counter medications like Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Tylenol can be used for pain management. Take the pain medication as directed.

Swelling

Some swelling may accompany your biopsy. In order to limit swelling, ice packs may be used for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Use ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

Numbness

You may have difficulty feeling your lips, cheeks or tongue due to numbness. This is a temporary feeling and will wear off within 2-4hrs. Please take care not to bite your lips, cheeks or gums.

Sutures

If sutures were placed, they will dissolve in approximately 3-5 days.

Diet

Start with nourishing liquids and soft foods. Gradually return to your normal diet as tolerated. Avoid extreme hot foods or spicy food as this may irritate the site.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene remains essential after your procedure. Brush your teeth and gums as you would normally do. Be gentle and take caution to avoid irritating the procedure site. The day after your procedure begin to gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water rinses (1/4 tsp, 8oz water) after meals and at bedtime.

Bleeding

Oozing from the biopsy site is normal for the first 24hrs. You may use gauze to gently apply pressure to the biopsy site for 30 minutes to control bleeding. If excess bleeding persists please contact the office. Avoid sucking through a straw for the first 24hrs. Do not rinse or spit the day of surgery, as this may prolong the bleeding.

Smoking

Do not smoke or use tobacco products for at least 3 days following the procedure.

Questions

Your well-being is our primary concern and it is our sincere desire that you experience the least possible amount of discomfort and anxiety. Should you have any questions regarding your recovery, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 403-235-0505.

Emergencies

If any unusual symptoms should occur please call our office at 403-235-0505. If you are calling after our office hours or on the weekend, the answering machine will direct you to the oral surgeon on-call. In the event of an unexpected admission to a hospital from a treatment performed at our facility, please notify us.