Post Oral Surgery Emergency Information

If you have problems after your oral surgery such as soreness, swelling or bleeding, here is some post oral surgery emergency information that can be used as a guideline:


If you experience soreness after oral surgery, begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth gently to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. For pain relief, you may take acetaminophen or ibuprofen as recommended.


In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area and contact us as soon as possible.


If you experience bleeding after oral surgery, fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. If you do not have gauze, you may use a clean cloth or a tea bag. Bite down on the gauze for fifteen minutes. If bleeding continues, please call our office.

Please remember that is important to follow all pre-operative and post-operative instructions given to you prior to your oral surgery procedure. This will help to minimize the chances for complications. If you should encounter complications or an emergency after an oral surgical procedure, North Metro Oral Surgery is here for you. That is why we have dentists on call to handle emergencies twenty-four hours a day. Simply call our office and your dental emergency will be handled by either Dr. John W. Carey or one of our on-call dentists. If necessary, contact one of our friendly staff members and we will make arrangements for you to be seen as soon as possible.