Post-Operative Instructions

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  • Start taking day before procedure per prescription instructions.
  •  Amoxicillin should be taken 3 times/day with meals.
  • Clindamycin: Take 2 every 8 hours with food.
  • Augmentin: Take 3 times/day with meals
  • Zithromax (Z-pak): Take 2 the day before surgery; then 1/day


  • Anaprox or Naproxen Sodium
  • Start taking day before procedure.
  • Take 1 every 8 hours with meals.
  • Continue taking it for at least 3 days and then stop if you no longer feel you need it. 
  • If you need a stronger pain medication, call the doctor for a prescription.
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is a narcotic pain medication which can be taken when Anaprox is not enough.  Do Not drive while taking this medication.


  • Ativan or Lorazepam
  • Do not take sleeping aids, anti-depressants, or alcohol with this medication.
  • Take 1 tablet before going to bed the night before surgery.  Take 1or 2 tablets 2 hours before your surgery.
  • Someone MUST drive you to and from your surgery appointment.


  • Take “Dose 1” capsule as soon after surgery as possible, then 1 capsule every 6 hours until all are taken.


  • NO smoking
  • NO alcohol
  • NO driving (if you took a sedative)
  • NO popcorn
  • NO hot foods or fluids
  • NO carbonated beverages
  • NO drinking through straws
  • NO  exercise
  • NO long distance traveling for one week
  • NO spitting, gargling, or vigorous swishing
  • DO drink cold fluids, especially iced tea
  • DO eat cool, soft foods (ice cream, yogurt, jello)
  • DO take medications on schedule
  • DO get plenty of rest
  • Limit your talking

Oral Hygiene

  • No Electric toothbrush or Water Pik
  • No toothpaste
  • Manual Toothbrush is OK in non-surgery areas.

After Surgery

  • Starting the day after surgery.
  • AO ProVantage Gel: Use 3 times daily.  Spit out any excess
  • Do not eat or Drink for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in an 8oz. glass) at least 3 times a day.


Place ice pack to the outside of your face for 10 minutes, then off for 10 minutes, where surgery was done. Do this for the first 8 hours. Avoid lying on your face or bending over.


A slight amount of bleeding is normal. Hold iced tea in your mouth and then swallow it, or press a cold, moist tea bag to the area. If excessive bleeding persists, call the doctor.


  • Eat a healthy, high-protein diet.
  • Eat soft foods
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Take a multivitamin once a day.
  • No corn or corn products for 2 weeks if you have had a tissue graft procedure.
  • No dairy products within one hour of taking Tetracycline
  • Use a blender or food processor to puree foods.
  • Possible food choices: Canned fruits, mashed bananas, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, instant breakfast or Ensure, mashed potatoes, soups, cottage cheese, pasta, ice cream, pudding, Jell-O, tuna, baked chicken or fish, ground beef


  • You must have someone drive you home, and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
  • If your driver wants to leave after the procedure has begun, they will be told to return 1 hour before the surgery is done.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours before the surgery, except for a small amount of water to take your sedative.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing with short sleeves.
  • Do not wear contact lenses, make-up, or jewelry to the office.
  • Sleepiness is common for the first 24 to 48 hours after having I.V. sedation. Do not drive heavy machinery or lawn mowers.
  • Refrain from making major decisions.
  • Decadron is a steroid given to reduce swelling, discomfort and aid in healing.
  • Start taking it the day after the surgery according to directions.
  • If you have any problems with any medications you are taking, call the doctor before you quit taking them.

Soft Tissue Graft Procedures

  • No corn or corn products
  • Avoid biting into sandwiches or abrasive foods that might damage the graft until cleared by the doctor. 
  • Do not pull up or down on your lip to see the surgery area

Laser Surgery

  • For 1 week after surgery: Eat a very soft, soupy diet.  Do not brush or floss surgery area. 
  • For 1 month: Avoid hard or crunchy foods.
  • Wait 3 months before using an electric toothbrush or Water Pik.