A labial/lingual frenectomy of the mouth is a surgical procedure. An incision must be made in 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 to glass of warm water) especially after meals ~ 4 to 5 times daily. Do not brush your teeth for 24 hours after surgery. Do not spit 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 pull lip out to expose surgical site.
  6. Do not use a straw for 24 hours after surgery.
  7. Eat a soft food diet for 24 hours after surgery (soup, scrambled eggs, pasta, pasta, pancakes, pudding, jello, applesauce, yogurt, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, sherbet, water ice, fruit cocktail). Return to normal diet after 24 hours because the exercise of chewing helps to reduce stiffness and swelling.
  8. Take any medication dispensed to you from this office as directed. If you have prescriptions, get them filled and take as directed.
  9. Complications such as abnormal bleeding, pain, or swelling; and it stitches fallout during the first 24 hours after surgery, please contact our office.