Call: (703) 370-3012



  • Do not rinse or spit for 18 hours after surgery.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from socket or surgical area.
  • Use ice packs on surgical area (side of face) for first 24 hours, apply ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. ( Note: Bags of frozen peas work well.)
  • For mild to moderate discomfort take Tylenol or Ibuprofen every four to six hours.
  • For severe pain use the medication prescribed to you.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. (Do not use a straw – this creates suction in the mouth that could cause complications).
  • We suggest that you do not smoke for at least 5 days after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and do not exercise for at least 3-4 days after surgery. After that, be careful – your regular caloric and fluid intake has been reduced, so you may get light-headed, dizzy or weak.
  • If the muscles of the jaw become stiff, chewing gum at intervals will help relax the muscles, as well as the use of warm, moist heat to the outside of your face over these muscles.
  • After the first post-operative day, use prescribed Chlorhexidine (Peridex) mouth rinse following meals for the first week to flush out particles of food, and debris which may lodge in the surgical area.
  • Your diet should consist mainly of soft, easily swallowed foods and cool drinks. Avoid anything that might get stuck in your teeth, so no seeds, nuts, rice, popcorn, or similar foods.

Office Location

  • Alexandria
  • 4660 Kenmore Ave.
  • Suite 204
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 22304
  • Map & Directions
  • Call: (703) 370-3012