The biopsy of the mouth is a surgical procedure. An incision must be made in bone or tissue and removed. Thus, swelling and discomfort are to be expected.

  1. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. Then rinse your mouth vigorously with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt and a glass of warm water) especially after meals — 4 to 5 times daily. Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours after surgery. 
  2. Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery.
  3. Do not be alarmed by blood tinged saliva. If you have bleeding, bite hard on a 2×2 gauze sponge for 30 minutes. Pressure is the best way to control bleeding.
  4. Apply an ice pack to the side(s) of your face operated on. Do this as long as swelling or pain persists.
  5. Do not use a straw.
  6. Eat a soft diet for 24 hours after surgery. Return to a normal diet after 24 hours because the exercise of chewing helps reduce stiffness and swelling. 
  7. Take any medication dispensed to you from this office as directed. If you have prescriptions, get them filled and take as directed.
  8. If a biopsy of the lip was done, please keep moist with Neosporin or Vaseline.
  9. Complications such as abnormal bleeding, pain, or swelling; and if stitches fall out during the first 24 hours after surgery, please contact our office.