After Biopsy

Bleeding

Your surgeon will have discussed with you the nature of your surgery and the potential for bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be expected and you should apply pressure to the bleeding area using a moist gauze or tea bag. If you have any questions call the office and we will guide you.

After 24 hours, you should rinse your mouth with a mild solution of salt water 4 or 5 times a day.

Special Instructions for LASER Surgery

A LASER cuts tissue utilizing heat generated by specific light waves. After a LASER procedure, the surgical wound will have a burnt surface appearance. This acts like a ‘scab’ or ‘biological bandage’. After a few days, the burnt appearance is replaced by a whitish material that may strike you as having the look of an infection. This is not an infection. After this, the surrounding tissue will begin to grow in from the sides as the area assumes a more normal color and appearance. This is all a normal progression of healing after removal of a lesion with a LASER.