In this week’s blog topic by Dental Center 4Smile, read instructions after oral surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, sinus lift, implantology, bone augmentation, and apicoectomy. To avoid complications after oral surgical procedures, it is essential to adhere to specific instructions and advice provided by dentist Ivan Antolković in Zagreb.

The success of every oral-surgical procedure in the oral cavity greatly depends on the patient’s behavior in the next few days.

Dentist Ivan Antolković in Zagreb provides appropriate advice and instructions to each patient on how to behave after leaving the clinic. Dr. Ivan Antolković makes an effort to patiently and clearly explain potential complications and what needs to be done to avoid them.

After oral surgical procedures, it is crucial to strictly follow the dentist’s recommendations to reduce the risk of postoperative complications in the oral cavity.

While most advice is individual, there are certain rules and instructions that apply to most oral surgical procedures, such as tooth extraction, alveotomy (wisdom tooth extraction), apicotomy (root canal resection), bone augmentation, and implantology.

  • After the surgical procedure, it is necessary to apply cold compresses to the surgical site to reduce swelling, which is a common occurrence. The area should be cooled every 15-30 minutes with breaks, especially during the first few hours after the surgery, which will also affect the recovery.
  • Sutures are removed 10 to 14 days after the procedure. If they are absorbable, removing them is not necessary. If you are a patient from abroad, we will provide you with absorbable sutures in order to spare you from additional traveling.
  • Take the prescribed antibiotic as directed by your dentist in Zagreb, Ivan Antolković, and use Brufen for pain as needed.
  • Immediately after the procedure, do not rinse your mouth, but the next day, if there is no bleeding, rinse every 4 hours with a saline solution (1 teaspoon of salt in 1 deciliter of water), cold sage tea, or antiseptic mouthwash (e.g., Curaprox, Paradontax…).
  • The day after the procedure, take a cotton swab and dip it in one of the mentioned liquids (saline solution or 1 deciliter of boiled water with 1 teaspoon of salt, cold sage tea, or antiseptic mouthwash, e.g., Curaprox, Paradontax…), then pass the swab over the sutures to clean them from food and debris.
  • Mild bleeding and oozing can be expected for 2-3 days after the procedure, and if bleeding continues beyond that time, contact a doctor.
  • After the oral surgical procedure, it is recommended to consume liquid and very soft foods, while hot foods and beverages should be avoided. It is also necessary to avoid granular foods that could get stuck in the wound.

For the first two days, try to sleep with your head elevated (semi-upright position).

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After oral surgery for sinus lift, in addition to everything mentioned:


To prevent oral cavity diseases, it is essential to follow daily, regular oral hygiene (brushing your teeth twice a day, using dental floss, and, if necessary, interdental brushes). In the case of oral surgical procedures, particularly follow the previously mentioned instructions and advice from dentist Ivan Antolković in Zagreb.