Post-Surgery Care

Restoring your mouth to complete, pain-free health is a team effort between yourself and Dr. Murphy.

While he provides exceptional care in the office, there are several steps you can take at home to ensure a full and speedy recovery:

  • Reduce swelling with ice packs for 2-3 days. After 72 hours, switch to heat.
  • Plan to eat soft foods high in protein to facilitate healing (eg. eggs, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes).
  • Eat something soon after your procedure but avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, especially foods that could become trapped where the procedure was performed.
  • Do not bite into anything directly until your mouth has fully healed.
  • Avoid tobacco for at least 48 hours and avoid all alcohol until you have finished using pain medication.
  • Brush gently away from the treated area, but avoid electric toothbrushes or flossing the treated area until notified.
  • Cleanse your mouth daily with the provided oral rinse or gel, avoid food or drink for 20 minutes after treatment.
  • Abstain from vigorous exercise or weight lifting for two weeks to ensure your mouth fully heals.
  • Women who are using antibiotics should consider alternative forms of birth control.

Dr. Murphy will help you develop a clear, customized post surgery plan so that you can guarantee healthy, pain-free gums and teeth for years to come.