After Biopsy or Excision


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid spicy food and foods that have citric acid. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, you may take two to four 200 mg tablets of Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every three to four hours. If you are unable to take Ibuprofen then take one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every three to four hours. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.


Bleeding or oozing is not uncommon after your procedure.  Apply pressure if possible by biting on a gauze if possible


The wound is closed with sutures (stitches) designed to absorb or fall out on their own.  Do not be alarmed if one falls out.  They usually will start falling out in 3 days.


If antibiotics have been prescribed, be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential to reduce the risk of infection.


Do not smoke for at least two weeks after surgery, if at all. As discussed at your consultation, smoking dramatically increases the risk of bone graft and sinus augmentation failure. Call your physician to prescribe a Nicoderm patch if you feel it’s necessary.