Bücco - Ortho guide
Post-operative Instructions

Post-operative Instructions

In the following hours

Following this surgical procedure, swelling of the face frequently occurs and you may notice bruising on the skin. This is quite normal. Apply an ice bag for 15 minutes over the area at 60 minute intervals for up to 72 hours. This will minimize swelling. Swelling increases slightly from 48 to 72 hours after surgery but can persist for 7 to 10 days. If once disappeared, the swelling returns, contact us.

After 72 hours

After 72 hours, apply warm compresses and, if necessary, do mouth opening exercises to regain normal opening.


We recommend soft foods and more frequent meals during the first two days. Ex: yogurt, soup, jello, dairy drinks, etc. Then gradually switch to a more normal diet. Avoid hot foods and do not use straws to avoid bleeding.


Rest for the remainder of the day after your operation, keeping your head slightly elevated.


Avoid smoking.


Some bleeding sould be expected during the first 24 to 48 hours. If bleeding occurs, use gauze squares folded in four and apply firm pressure to the area of ​​bleeding by biting the gauze for 40 minutes. Avoid spitting since it promotes bleeding.


You can brush your teeth gently the day after the surgery.

It is important to keep your mouth clean. Starting tomorrow, a salt water rinse (a teaspoonful of salt in a large glass of warm water should be used after meals and at bedtime).


If necessary, pain relief medications have been prescribed. Instructions will be indicated on the container, follow them carefully.

Absorbable sutures

Absorbable sutures are used for most procedures but may persist for up to 7-10 days.

Contact us

If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to call the office and we will be happy to assist you.