Post Operative Care To Help Keep Surgical Sites Clean

It’s essential to take good care of yourself after any oral surgery. Taking proper precautions can help prevent post-surgery complications, such as wound site infection. Our team at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery will provide detailed oral surgery post-op instructions for you to follow.


In particular, we strongly recommend irrigating the wound site regularly. Surgical site irrigation is clinically proven to reduce the risk of wound infection and alveolar osteitis, also known as dry socket. In other words, taking good care of the surgical site can support its healing.


Oral surgery after care: the basics of surgical site irrigation


Wound irrigation refers to the flushing of the site with water or a sterile rinse. In general, our surgeons recommend waiting until one week to begin irrigating the wound site. It’s important to allow the site to form a blood clot because it protects the nerve endings and underlying tissues at the site.


Dry socket is the result of dislodging the blood clot. This condition can be quite painful and typically requires additional treatments. However, no complications are expected if you wait one week to begin irrigating the wound. Once you do start, you should plan to do it two to three times per day. You should also irrigate the wound once before going to bed.


After oral surgery: step-by-step instructions to perform wound irrigation


Irrigating, or rinsing the surgical site is easy to do and takes just a few minutes. First, you’ll need to make a saline solution. Run a faucet until the water warms up and fill a glass with about eight ounces of the warm water. Be careful not to let the water get too hot, as this will cause discomfort. Mix one teaspoon of table salt into the glass.


One of our staff members will send you home with a large syringe. Draw the warm saline solution into the syringe. Then, very gently pull your cheek out away from your mouth to reveal the surgical site. Place the tip of the syringe near the site, but not touching it, and depress the plunger to squirt the saline solution onto the wound. You may need to spit a few times before you empty the entire syringe.


Maximize results by following the appropriate pre/post operative or appliance instructions



Contact us for personalized dental post-op instructions


Here at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery, we strive to provide nothing less than world-class patient care and services. You will receive detailed post-oral surgery instructions when you visit our office. If you have any questions or concerns before or after your procedure, you can always reach out to our friendly staff for help at 215-322-7810. We have two convenient locations in Feasterville and Newtown, PA, to serve the needs of our Bucks County patients.


Additional resources:

  1. National Institutes of Health, Postoperative socket irrigation with drinking tap water reduces the risk of inflammatory complications following surgical removal of third molars: a multicenter randomized trial,
  2. Mayo Clinic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,