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Sparks Family Dentistry, L.L.C. | Post-Op Instructions in Sparks, NV

Sparks Family Dentistry

 Thomas A.J. Basora, D.D.S.

340 Pyramid Way & D Street
Sparks, NV 89431


Post-Op Instructions




It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because you are not able to feel all of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery the doctor or dental assistant will give you full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

After the surgery you will need to rest. Excessive bleeding from the extraction site may occur if you are too active during the first 24 hours following oral surgery.  You need to be driven home by a friend or family member if you receive oral sedation. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call our office. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:


  • Raw fruit and vegetable smoothies


  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes/vegetables
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and other food you can eat without chewing.


Dr. Basora recommends taking  1000 mg of Vitamin C daily for several months following the surgery.  Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps forms the matrix that new bone cells grow on and this may aid bone regeneration within the extraction site.

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call our office for a follow up appointment (775-359-3336).  In rare situations a 'dry socket' may develop.  This usually shows up 2-3 days after the tooth is removed and presents as a constant intense ache.  If this occurs the doctor will need to irrigate the extraction site and place a small strip of gauze and eugenol paste to provide relief.  This gauze will need to be changed every day for 3-4 days.

If sutures were placed these will need to be removed approximately one week after placement.