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Post Operative Instructions for Oral Surgery:
On the day of surgery:
  • Avoid hot drinks, alcohol, vigorous physical effort, playing with the wound, and rinsing your mouth.
  • Drink plenty of cold or warm fluid and eat soft food.
  • Avoid smoking as this delays healing. 
  • Take pain relief within an hour and a half before the local anaesthetic wears off to minimise discomfort, and continue with this as required.
Slight oozing of blood is normal. If significant bleeding occurs, place a gauze or cotton pad over the bleeding site and apply pressure by biting it for 20 minutes. This may need to be repeated if bleeding persists.​​
The day following surgery:
  • Brush teeth lightly to keep plaque away.
  • Rinse regularly with salty mouthwash, a cup of warm water with a level teaspoon of salt.
  • Continue with soft diet for 3-5 days, or until comfortable whilst eating.
It is normal to have some bleeding, swelling, discomfort and tightness of jaw muscles. However if symptoms become severe, contact us immediately.
  • Contact us at Moriarty Dental on 03-3663697
  • Or contact the after hours emergency department on
    03-3640270, or on weekends 022 620 5350
  • The weekend after hours is available via the NZDA on call dentist and is shared on a weekly roster between Christchurch dentists who operate from their own practices.
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