Post-Operative Instructions

After your surgery at Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, following these instructions will help to make you more comfortable and they will aid your body in the healing process. They will also help to prevent complications from the surgery you have undergone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us for further guidance. You can call our offices at any time, day or night. After office hours our answering service will take your call and will page the doctors immediately upon your request.

General instructions

  • Do not smoke until the surgery sites are completely healed.
  • Do not use drinking straws for several days.
  • Keep your head upright at all times. In bed, use pillows to keep your head elevated.
  • Limit your physical activities for several days.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit for 24 hours.
  • Do not drive for 24 hours if you have been under anesthesia.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain medication.

The day of surgery (when you return home)

  • Immediately after surgery, bite down firmly to make sure the gauze stays in place over the surgery sites. Do not touch the sites with your tongue or with your fingers.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, as soon as you arrive home. You may remove the gauze temporarily afterwards.
  • Drink 4 oz. of carbonated, non-caffeinated beverage such as ginger ale until your stomach settles. Then add beverages like water, tea, broths, soups, juices.
  • Eat a little. Only soft foods such as custard, pudding, yogurt, banana, soft-cooked eggs, should be eaten.
  • Take your medications. Eat before taking severe pain medication. Begin slowly, adding medication as needed. Pain will be most intense the first 6-8 hours after surgery.
  • Place clean gauze into your mouth and bite down for at least an hour. Repeat one or two times as needed to reduce bleeding and stimulate clotting over the surgery sites.
  • Immediately after you place the new gauze in your mouth, apply an ice bag to your cheek or jaw. Apply for 30 minutes, then remove for 30 minutes. Repeat for 24 hours, except while sleeping. Ice is only helpful the first 24 hours.

24 hours after surgery

  • Dissolve one teaspoon of salt into an 8 oz. glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth gently with this salt water. Be careful not to rinse strenuously or you might dislodge the clotted blood over the surgery sites, which can slow healing.
  • Rinse with salt water (see above) four times daily for five days. Rinsing flushes away food particles, which often lodge around surgery sites.
  • Brush your teeth if you wish, carefully, and take care to avoid the surgery sites.
  • If you experience swelling or stiffness, apply moist heat to your cheek or jaw. Apply moist heat for no more than 20 minutes at a time, then remove the heat for the remainder of the hour. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Advil may also help reduce your swelling.

Medications

  • Pain medications must be taken on a full stomach.
  • Antibiotics must be taken on a partially empty stomach unless we have given you special instructions.
  • Do not stop taking your antibiotics before you have taken all that have been prescribed.
  • Do not drive or drink alcohol while taking pain medication.
  • Please call for prescription refills during regular office hours.

Pain following surgery

  • Pain is most severe during the 6-8 hours following surgery.
  • Begin your pain medication slowly, adding slowly if pain persists.
  • Do not wait for pain to become unbearable before taking more medication, since this may make it more difficult to control.
  • By the third day, you should be experiencing minimal pain or discomfort. Please call the office if you continue to experience moderate pain after 3-4 days, since this may be caused by early loss of the blood clot (called dry socket) or infection.

Sinus precautions (if your surgery involves or is situated near sinuses)

  • Do not blow your nose.
  • Do not sneeze through your nose. Be sure to keep your mouth open if you feel the need to sneeze.
  • Avoid swimming and strenuous exercise for at least one week.
  • Remember to call us if you have questions about any of these instructions. If you have called after office hours and haven’t received a call back within a half hour, please call us again, in case we have not received the page from our service.

CareCredit

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed for your health and wellness needs. Pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures through convenient monthly payments.

Three Convenient Locations to Serve You

We have three locations in the Northern Virginia area including Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge. To find an office near you, click the link below.

Find your location

Our patients leave smiling



I am very glad that I was recommended to this OMFS dental office for my wisdom teeth extractions. I had made the decision early that morning that I would opt out of sedation, so I was very nervous going in. The staff eased my nerves tremendously by educating me about the procedure and letting me know that it was only going to take 20-30 minutes –and they were right. Now it’s 2 days after the p…

Kassy M.

Read more reviews



The staff there is amazing at the Annandale location. I was getting my wisdom teeth removed (2 before but just did all 4) and I was so nervous about it. Everyone is nice and helped me calmed down. Very surprised that it felt really quick :)

Sharie B.

Read more reviews



By far the best experience I have had. My procedure was quick and I was in and out. Everyone was very nice and helped ease my nerves. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Dr. Zadeh is the best!

Nakeecha W.

Read more reviews



Everyone in the office was very friendly and informative. Dr. Zadeh is a wonderful oral surgeon. He puts you at ease and explains everything very well. My recovery went exceedingly well, which was a testament to his expertise.

Anthony W.

Read more reviews



The surgeon and nurses were great. Very helpful in making the right decision and the after care was outstanding.

Brian R.

Read more reviews



It such a pleasure working with Dr. Jackson and the crew. You all are amazing.

Maria S.

Read more reviews



I was referred to NVOMSA by our family dentist, and I have t say I was very impressed with Dr. Zadeh and his staff. My son had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and had a great experience. The procedure took about 1/2 and hour and my son is recovering very well, miniaml swelling. Overall and excellent experience. They did a great job with my son’s wisdom teeth extractions.

Jason K.

Read more reviews



Great staff. Dr. Jackson was also great. Very professional but personable and answered all my questions with patience.

Melissa K.

Read more reviews



Dr. Zadeh is not only a very qualified oral surgeon, he is a very warm and easy to communicate with kind of person. I had a lower canine that had been root-canaled some time ago and ended up having a painful infection. He took out my infected tooth like he pulled out a needle from a butter, not feeling any pain at all. He then placed an imediate implant. He is very efficient in using his time and…

Zufan H.

Read more reviews



Dr. LaBriola and the staff are the BEST!!!! So attentive and patient with clients like myself who require a little extra TLC!!

Tina B.

Read more reviews



My first visit was great! Everyone was really nice and welcoming. They made me feel very comfortable.

Breana O.

Read more reviews



I had an abscess beneath my right back molar. The pain was unbearable. I was referred by a friend to NOVA Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates by a friend. I couldn’t have been happier about my treatment, procedure and outcome. I am now pain-free. I was very impressed with the staff and service. In fact, I am about to schedule another appointment with them to install an implant for the e…

Rob M.

Read more reviews



The staff is very courteous and was gentle with my 89 year old parent.

Anonymous

Read more reviews



I’m afraid of all doctors but this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Everyone was extremely nice, with a warm inviting atmosphere. Their manager, Kelly was patient with all of my questions and helped me without hesitation. If I hear of someone needing surgery, this is who I’d recommend.

Jon M.

Read more reviews



Dr. Jackson was extremely professional, patient, informative as well as friendly and enjoyable. She explained everything in great detail before my procedure. My personal dentist, Dr. Jones, recommended her. I knew if Dr. Jones recommended her she had to be great. My procedure was exactly as she explained. Her assistant Rosemary was also wonderful. I highly recommend Dr. Jackson to anyone reading t…

Maria S.

Read more reviews



We love Dr.LaBriola he was so gentle with my daughter when she had her wisdom teeth out. Both of my daughter’s friends went to him too and they said the same thing 😊

Zhulieta D.

Read more reviews



Great sevice from wonderful individuals-thanks

David M.

Read more reviews



Had a really good experience !

Deepti K.

Read more reviews



I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed yesterday by Dr. Zadeh. I was very nervous because this was my first surgery ever. All of the staff was was great and explained every step including the sedation process and aftercare instructions. Before I took any medication, my pain was a 3/4 out of 10. This was a very positive experience and I highly recommend this practice.

Deandras W.

Read more reviews



Dr Jackson is great. My experience was great

James C.

Read more reviews

Request an appointment today

Request an Appointment Online

Site Navigation