Arvada Post-Op Instructions

Guiding your path to a swift recovery

Restore your comfort with our recovery instructions

At AVOS Dental Specialists, we prioritize your comfort and confidence throughout your dental procedure or major oral surgery. Our Arvada surgeons and team are dedicated to providing comprehensive support before, during, and after your treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, our lines are always open at (720) 798-1200. Schedule your consultation today to ensure a seamless experience.

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The First 24-48 Hours

Immediately following your surgery, it’s common to experience minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising. To ensure your comfort and promote optimal healing, here are important guidelines to follow:


  • Use a straw, spit forcefully, or rinse your mouth vigorously
  • Consume hot, spicy, crunchy, or citrusy foods
  • Engage in strenuous exercise, smoke, or consume alcohol
  • Floss or brush near the surgical site, including electric toothbrushes
  • Touch the surgical area with your fingers or tongue
  • Pull or manipulate your lip to inspect the surgical site


  • Drink liquids and eat foods at room temperature
  • Apply gentle pressure to your gums using gauze, a tea bag, or a clean cloth to control any bleeding
  • Use ice packs on the outside of your face for 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off, during the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • After 24 hours, consider applying warm, moist heat to your face as needed for swelling

Your comfort is our priority. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We’re here to support you throughout your recovery process!

Pain Management Tips

After your dental treatment, it’s common to experience some discomfort. Here’s what you need to know to manage it effectively:

  • You may feel slight achiness on the first day, which is normal
  • On days 3 and 4, as healing progresses, you might experience increased discomfort in the treated area
  • If prescribed, take antibiotics as directed to prevent infections and support healing

If bleeding occurs:

  • Gently bite down on a damp piece of gauze for 15-20 minutes
  • Keep your head elevated to promote clotting and reduce bleeding

Take it easy to ensure proper healing and comfort. Listen to your body’s needs. Your comfort and well-being are our priorities. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about your recovery process.

Food guidelines post-surgery

After your dental surgery, it’s crucial to be cautious with your diet to avoid accidentally biting or burning yourself while the local anesthetic wears off. Here’s what you should know:

For the first 24 hours:

Stick to a nutritious liquid diet. Opt for smoothies, soups, and broths to keep you nourished and satisfied.

After the initial 24 hours:

Introduce soft, non-abrasive foods such as mashed potatoes, pasta, cottage cheese, and scrambled eggs. These foods can be easily consumed with a fork and should be your main choices for the first week.

Until your follow-up appointment:

Avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth to aid in proper healing and ensure your comfort.

We’ll guide transitioning back to your regular diet during your follow-up visit. Your well-being and recovery are our top priorities!

Have questions? Worried about something? We’re here for you.

Our satisfied patients speak for themselves

Dr. Haupt was amazing. He told me everything he was doing, and it really put me at ease. I had a wisdom tooth extracted, but Dr. Haupt and his team made it feel easy and simple.

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Patient Comfort and Experience

State-of-the-art facility

We use technology (in-house 3d printers, 3d x-rays, CBCT scans) to maximize comfort.

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Amenities for your comfort

We offer coconut water, sparkling waters, fresh ground coffee to your liking, wifi, and comfortable seating.

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Years of experience

Our dental specialists are board-certified in Periodontology and Endodontics, with years of additional experience.
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Amazing views

Your companion will enjoy their visit too!

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Personable & kind staff

We are passionate about caring for you.

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