Aftercare Tips for Dental Surgery: Ensuring a Smooth Recovery

Proper aftercare is crucial for a smooth and speedy recovery following dental surgery. Whether you’ve had dental implants, extractions, or other procedures, following these aftercare tips can help minimise pain and prevent complications. At Tailored Teeth Burwood, Dr Rick Iskandar and the team are dedicated to providing comprehensive aftercare advice to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

About Dr Rick Iskandar

Dr Rick Iskandar, a 2014 graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours, is the founder and principal of Tailored Teeth Dental & Cosmetics in Burwood, Sydney. As a member of the Australian Dental Association and the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics, he is completing a fellowship recognised by the International Academy for Dental and Facial Esthetics. Dr Rick is dedicated to empowering his patients with effective treatments and comprehensive information to enhance their dental health and smile confidence. His expertise includes high-quality cosmetic treatments and addressing stress-related dental issues.

Essential Aftercare Tips

Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions
Your dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions tailored to your procedure. Following these instructions closely is vital for a successful recovery. These may include guidelines on medication, oral hygiene practices, and dietary restrictions.

Manage Pain and Swelling
Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or paracetamol can help manage pain. Your dentist may also prescribe dexamethasone to control pain and swelling. Using ice packs on the outside of your cheek can further reduce swelling and discomfort. Apply the ice pack in 15-minute intervals to avoid skin damage.

Maintain Oral Hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean is essential to prevent infection. Use a gentle rinse as recommended by your dentist and avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting. Brush your teeth carefully, avoiding the surgical site. Consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimise irritation and ensure gentle cleaning around the area.

Eat Soft Foods
Stick to a diet of soft foods for the first few days. Avoid hot, spicy, or hard foods that can irritate the surgical site. Gradually reintroduce other foods as you heal. Ideal foods include yoghurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Ensure that the foods are not too hot or too cold to prevent sensitivity.

Rest and Recover
Rest is crucial for recovery. Avoid strenuous activities and keep your head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling. Try to avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects, as these actions can increase blood flow to the surgical site and cause bleeding.

When to Contact Your Dentist

It’s important to know when to seek help. Contact your dentist if you experience severe pain, prolonged bleeding, or signs of infection such as fever or pus. Early intervention can prevent complications and ensure a smoother recovery process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does recovery from dental surgery take?
Recovery time varies depending on the procedure, but most patients start feeling better within a few days to a week. Full recovery may take a few weeks. Adhering to aftercare instructions can expedite the healing process.

Can I brush my teeth after dental surgery?
Yes, but be gentle and avoid the surgical site. Your dentist will provide specific instructions on how to maintain oral hygiene during recovery. It may include using a special mouthwash or avoiding certain toothpaste that can irritate the area.

What should I avoid after dental surgery?
Avoid smoking for six weeks before and after dental surgery, as smoking can significantly impair healing and void your Teeth on Implants™ 10-year warranty. Refrain from drinking through a straw and eating hard or spicy foods, as these can disrupt the healing process and cause complications. Additionally, avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages as they can irritate the surgical site.


Following proper aftercare guidelines is essential for a smooth recovery after dental surgery. At Tailored Teeth, we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way. If you’re considering dental implants or have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Tailored Teeth. Send us a DM on instagram, @tailoredteeth, an email at, or call us on (02) 8069 7945 to book an appointment.

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