Jaw Surgery

Postoperative instructions

  • Ice the surgical area for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Place it on the surgical area for 10 minutes on/10 minutes off while awake. Ice helps with the swelling and bruising.
  • After the first 48 hours you can place moist heat to the surgical area but remember that your face is numb, do not place excessively hot or cold items directly on your skin.
  • Do brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush three times a day. Good dental hygiene is necessary to decrease the chance of infection.
  • After you brush, use the Peridex rinse prescribed twice a day.*You may consider using a cool mist humidifier to help you breath easier at night.
  • Sleep with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows for the initial 72 hours or as indicate by our surgeons.
  • Shower as usual but avoiding submerging your face for prolonged periods of time. During the first 72 hours shower with assistance of a family member in case of feeling weak or about to faint.
  • Take all your medications as prescribed. Do not stop taking it unless instructed or if you have a reaction.
  • Keep track of what medications you are taking and when you are taking them.
  • If you are taking antibiotics, take them until they are all gone, even if you feel better.
  • Do not drive or use heavy machinery during the first 72 hours after surgery or if you taking   medications that make you drowsy.
  • Do not blow your nose.
  • Do not participate in contact sports such as football or basketball for at least 8 weeks after surgery.
  • Do not use a water pick for the first four weeks or when indicated by your surgeon. 

Postoperative Diet 

  • You are on a liquid no chew diet for four to six weeks depending on your surgical procedure.
  • Eat several times a day. Postoperative healing depends on good nutrition. Do not attempt a weight loss plan. Vitamins are encouraged.
  • You will receive a dietary handbook before your surgery date that will help plan and manage your diet.