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Post-Operative Instructions

Welcome to our post-operative instructions page. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care, and we want to make sure that you have a smooth and uneventful recovery. Please review the following instructions carefully and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Pain Management & Swelling

  • Take any prescribed pain medication as directed.
  • If you are experiencing severe pain, please call our office immediately.
  • Swelling is also a normal side effect of oral surgery.
  • Apply ice pack 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off for 24 hours only.
  • After 48 hours, you may switch to using warm compresses.
  • Swelling should subside within a few days or weeks.

Eating And Drinking

  • Eat a soft diet for the first few days after surgery.
  • Avoid chewing on the surgical side of your mouth.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid using straws or smoking, as this can dislodge the blood clot and cause bleeding.
  • Do not drink alcohol or drive for the rest of the day of surgery (if you have had intravenous anesthesia) or while taking pain pills.

Oral Hygiene

  • No rinsing or spitting, no straws or smoking for the first 24 hours.
  • Warm saltwater rinses starting the day after surgery (4 times daily, For one week, after meals and at bedtime). (1/2 tsp. salt for 8 ounces of water).
  • Avoid brushing or rinsing your teeth near the surgical site for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day.
  • You may brush your teeth as usual but be gentle around the surgical site.


  • Get plenty of rest after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for the first few days.
  • Elevate your head when sleeping to reduce swelling.
  • Replace your gauze pad every 30 minutes only if there is active bleeding
  • Do not lie down or go to sleep with gauze in your mouth


  • You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check on your healing.
  • Be sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments.

If you have an emergency, call (856)778-8686 for Voorhees, (856)778-8686 for Moorestown, or Mullica Hills at (856) 788-8686. If the office is closed, you can contact Dr. Chad E. Rebhun by calling his emergency number at (617) 942-0563. Please leave a voice mail with your name, the nature of the emergency and your phone number and the doctor will then return your call.

Meet Our Oral Surgeons

Dr. Chad Rebhun

Dr. Rebhun is a certified diplomat by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dentoalveolar and wisdom tooth surgery, sedation, general anesthesia, and oral reconstruction with dental implants.

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