Post-Op Instructions


After your surgery, please follow these instructions carefully.  If you have any questions, please call our office.

Mouth Rinses

Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential to reduce the risk of infection. Use one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least one to two times daily and always after eating for the next five days.


Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after surgery. Soreness and swelling may not permit vigorous brushing of all areas, but please make every effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort.

Muscle Soreness

If the muscles of your jaw become stiff, applying warm, moist heat to the outside of your face over these muscles will help make you more comfortable. Usually 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off while awake will help the soreness resolve.

Extremely Important

We will make every effort to help expedite your healing process and ensure that your healing is progressing normally. However, to do that we must be kept informed of your progress. If, after surgery, there is any question about how you are healing, please contact our office. If, after 72 hours you do not feel better, with decreased swelling or pain, please contact our office. It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible.


Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office during normal business hours at 678-319-9930. You may page Dr. Pausa after hours at 770-216-0815.