Post-operative Instructions

These instructions apply to the surgical procedure just completed. They are designed to help you minimize post-surgical discomfort and inform you of any situation that may require special attention.

Pain Medications

It is not unusual to have discomfort for at least the first week following your surgical procedure. If necessary, you will be given a prescription for medication to help you tolerate the post-surgical recovery period, however almost all patients have excellent relief using Motrin and Tylenol since our procedures are so conservative. Please take your medications as directed. We will give you a packet for prescription strength Motrin (800mg) to use every 6 to 8 hours while awake for the first three days post-op.  If you need additional relief, you may add Extra Strength Tylenol either together with the Motrin or staggered between the Motrin doses.  It is advisable to take pain medication with meals or a snack, as nausea may result if taken on an empty stomach.  We will go over all of these directions with you in detail at the time of your procedure and if you have any questions at all, please call Dr. Harasty at the  phone numbers that she will provide you following your surgery.  

Note: When taking any prescribed medication containing Acetaminophen (Tylenol), i.e.; Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicoden or Tylenol with Codeine, you should not take additional Tylenol so as not to exceed the safety level of Acetaminophen. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. An antibiotic may be prescribed following your surgical procedure. Take as directed until gone. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness so please discuss this with Dr. Harasty.


Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. To minimize the swelling, place an ice pack over the outside cheek area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Continue using ice following your procedure as directed.


A small amount of bleeding is normal. If excessive or continuous bleeding occurs:


The dressing (which acts as a bandage) is used to protect the surgical site and help reduce discomfort. If the dressing comes off or is uncomfortable, please call the office for direction.


Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.  Take multivitamins if you have them.  Avoid sharp crunchy foods and foods with tiny pieces like sesame seeds and popcorn.


Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.


You will be given specific directions for rinsing depending on the procedure that you have done. In most instances, you may use your regular rinse or a mild, diluted mouthwash. You may also use warm salt water if this feels soothing.  


Do not brush the surgical site until directed to do so. You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the day of your procedure.  When healing is sufficient, you will be given a special post-operative toothbrush and detailed directions as brushing is to be resumed.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns during regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at Rutland Office Phone Number 802-775-7440 and you may reach Dr. Harasty after hours with the emergency number provided.