ORAL SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS
Things not to do:
- Do not apply heat to the face at any time. This will increase swelling.
- Avoid spitting, sucking (straws), and smoking for 48 hours. This creates a negative pressure in your mouth and tends to dislodge the blood clot. This leads to additional bleeding.
- Avoid any sports or strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Physical activity causes the blood pressure to rise and may cause renewal of bleeding.
BLEEDING: It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following surgery. Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site and bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it. If the bleeding continues, call our office.
MOUTH RINSE: Do not rinse for 24 hours after surgery. Then, after meals, gently rinse with warm salt water – 1 tsp salt to 8 ounces water. This will speed healing by maintaining a clean wound. Tooth brushing is also recommended if you are careful to avoid the wound.
EATING: You should have liquids and very soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. Be careful not to chew hard foods near the surgical area.
SWELLING: It is normal to experience some degree of swelling. You can place ice over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours to reduce pain and swelling.
MEDICATIONS: Take all medications as directed. This is essential. The medications are prescribed specifically to control pain and infection. You may switch to Advil or Tylenol for discomfort when you no longer need prescription strength medications. If pain persists, please contact our office.
IMPACTED TEETH: The removal of impacted teeth is quite different than the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions are not uncommon with the removal of impacted teeth: 1) Difficulty in opening your mouth, 2) Pain while swallowing, and 3) Earache on the side of surgery.
If a lower impaction was removed, you may have prolonged numbness of the lower lip on the side from which the tooth was removed. This is almost always an infrequent, temporary condition. It is not disfiguring, just annoying. It may last a few days or occasionally for many months.
After removal, the adjacent teeth may realign themselves, causing some discomfort. Sores may develop at the corners of the mouth. These should be covered with a mild ointment such as Vaseline.