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Post-Operative Instructions Torrance, CA

Post-Operative Instructions

With proper attention to postoperative care, most surgical procedure involving the oral cavity will heal quickly and without complication.

  1. BLEEDING/PROTECTION OF THE BLOOD CLOT: Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge placed over the surgical area. Do this for at least 45 minutes to an hour. If bleeding continues, replace sponge with another as provided and maintain pressure for another 30 minutes. Some oozing of blood is normal following oral surgery and it may persist until the next day. Do not replace gauze if there is no active bleeding.
  2. DO NOT RINSE: Do not rinse or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8oz. of warm water) every 2-3 hours during awake hours for the next 5 days. Do not rinse vigorously, this may initiate bleeding at the site of surgery. (The use of commercial mouthwashes during the healing period is not encouraged.)
  3. PAIN: Following oral surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. Appropriate pain medications will be prescribed by the surgeon if necessary. If none has been prescribed, take two Advil taken every 6-8 hours should be helpful. (As long as you do not have allergies to Advil or Ibuprofen)
  4. SWELLING: Swelling of the jaw and facial tissues often follows oral surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag as soon as possible to the affected side of the face for a 15 minute interval. This ice bag should be used the first 24-48 hours after the day of surgery. However, swelling may persist and even increase for the next day or two before it begins to subside. At times, difficulty in fully opening the mouth will follow after the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. As the swelling resolves, a normal degree of opening will return.
  5. THE TOOTHBRUSH: The toothbrush may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved in the surgical procedure. A clean mouth heals faster.
  6. EATING: Adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is the most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult you should supplement your diet with nourishing liquids and soft foods. Solid food may be added as soon as they can be chewed comfortably.
  7. AVOID: Avoid all excessive activity, don’t consume liquids through a straw, avoid alcoholic beverages until healing is well established.
  8. SUTURES: If non resorbable sutures were used, it is important to return on the appointment date so that they can be removed unless they are resorbable sutures. In this case you may not have to return if the surgeon has thus specified.

    Prolonged or excessive discomfort, swelling, bleeding, or fever seldom arise; however, if there are questions you should contact the office so that further direct instructions for your care may be given.


  1. When you get home, remove all gauze.
  2. Have a big drink of water. Take your pain medication. Have another big drink of water.
  3. Have a milk shake and nothing else for two hours. DO NOT USE A STRAW FOR ONE WEEK.
  4. Rest! Apply cold packs for two days.
  5. You can have liquids, cream of tomato soup, puddings, Jell-O, plain yogurt, etc. (no seeds! Vanilla, chocolate, and lemon are okay!).
  6. STARTING DAY TWO FOR ONE WEEK Next day start with soft foods; eggs, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, bananas, pastas, etc.
  7. Start brushing today with a little toothpaste.
  8. Use warm saltwater. Put warm salt water in your mouth and hold for one minute. DO NOT spit, rinse, or swish. Let the water run out of your mouth. Do this for one week.
  9. If you DO NOT feel better within three days, Call us, do not wait!


23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505


(310) 373-0667

Office Hours:

Monday 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday 8AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 8AM - 5PM

Torrance Oral Surgery Center

Our Client Reviews

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 174 reviews

Paul M.

A positive experience from start to end. I got a sense that this was going to go well and it did. Two extractions, two implants, bone graft and removal of four part bridge. Leaving part of the bridge on one tooth. If there were 10stars they would be for Torrance oral surgery group and Dr. Alicia Wolf / Blanco Demtal Group for recommending Ben.

Mindy W.

This is a very welcoming center. Everyone seemed very competent and helpful. I had an oral biopsy today. No waiting. The staff were ready for me and all was in place. Dr. Yagoubian was warm , cheerful and I felt in extremely capable hands. I am so grateful I was referred to him. Sincerely, Mindy W.

Jessica Z.

The staff here are super friendly and always show genuine concern. I got my wisdom teeth pulled about a year ago and Dr. Yagoubian and his staff made me feel less anxious about the procedure. When I was done, they were thorough with their instructions on how to take care of myself while my wounds healed. They even gave me an ice pack to wrap around my head for the swelling (super useful). Dr. Yagoubian even called to check in on me after the surgery. So when I needed more extractions done this year for orthodontic treatment, I made an appointment here and once again I was well taken care of. Every single person in this office was friendly. During the procedure, they made me feel less anxious even though I was super shaky about getting local anesthesia. They gave me detailed instructions on how to care for my wounds, always gave me an opportunity to ask questions. And once again, Dr. Yagoubian called after the procedure to make sure I was doing well. Now, anytime someone mentions they need their wisdom teeth removed, I tell them Dr. Yagoubian is the man!!

D. W.

What a nice and knowledgeable Doctor! Dr. Ben took the time to answer all our questions about the removal of all four wisdom teeth. He explained in detailed what was going to happen and the reason why he does the procedure. It’s obvious that he loves what he does. His staff is very welcoming and friendly. The nice lady in charge of the billing explained very clearly everything. Dr. Ben even called us the evening after the surgery to check if everything was ok. We highly recommend Dr. Yagoubian!

Chahab S.

Dr Yagoubian is an excellent oral surgeon, supported by a very professional staff. They made the experience as stress-free as possible. Highly recommended.

Dr.Lou T.

Very professional and always available. My patients have always had good experiences with the office.


Dr. Benjamin is awesome I highly recommend him to everyone he is highly efficient and fast he knows how to comply with patient needs and overall is an amazing guy ! Check him out he is awesome!!!

Raj G.

Dr. Yagoubian is excellent. I was in state for business when my wisdom tooth broke. I was lucky enough to find Dr. Yagoubian's office. Everyone there was professional and courteous. The procedure went smoothly. Dr. Y is highly skilled, meticulous, and a very personable health care provider (a rarity in the field, in my opinion). If you need an oral surgeon, I highly recommend him.