After Surgery Care

After Surgery Care

Day of Surgery:

    • Bite on gauze and change it every 20-30 minutes for 3-4 hours. You can moisten the gauze with tap water and loosely fluff it to make it more comfortable.
    • Do not spit or rinse your mouth vigorously. 
    • Do not smoke for at least a week after the procedure.
    • Do not probe the area with any objects.
    • Avoid any vigorous or strenuous activities.
    • Use cold packs on cheeks for 2 days (today and tomorrow), 20 minutes ON, 20 minutes OFF, to minimize swelling.
    • A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Do not eat anything extremely hot or cold; avoid chewing directly on the extraction site.
    • For mild to average pain, use any non-aspirin type medication you would like. We recommend Ibuprofen because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Dry Sockets? If this develops, you will wake up on the 5th - 7th morning with an earache and throbbing. This usually occurs when the clot dissolves or doesn't form properly. Please call the office if not tolerable. 

What to expect:

    • Oozing: Intermittent bleeding overnight and into the next morning is normal. If this persists, you may substitute a tea bag, soaked in cool water, and place it directly over the site or wrapped in a moist gauze, for 45 minutes. If the bleeding is uncontrollable, please call our office.
    • Swelling: Very common and peaks on days 2-3, following the surgery. Cold packs or bags of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied to the cheek next to the surgical area will help. Take an anti-inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen if prescribed, directly with food.
    • Nausea/Discomfort: Discomfort usually peaks on the 2nd and 3rd days following the surgery. Try to be ahead of any major pain. Sometimes medications can make you nauseous, especially if there is no food in your belly. Preceding pain pills with a small amount of food can help the nausea.
    • Sharp Edges? If you feel something hard or sharp, it is likely you are feeling the sutures which will soften with time. It could also be bony walls which once supported the extracted teeth. If bothersome, return to our office for simple removal. 
    • Mouth Rinsing/Brushing: Do not brush directly on the extraction site. Brush all other areas of the mouth well. Do not rinse as it can cause the clot that is forming to be rinsed out. 
    • Diet: Avoid hot foods, and any foods like nuts, poppy seeds, popcorn, etc. Stick to soft foods. 

*If taking narcotics like VICODIN/PERCOCET: NO alcohol, NO driving, NO heavy lifting, and NO operating heavy machinery*

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