After Exposure Of An Impacted Tooth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

Take your pain medicine prescription as directed. Some prescription pain medicines can cause drowsiness and slow your reflexes. For this reason you should not drive a car or operate heavy machinery while you are taking these medications. You should also avoid combining alcoholic beverages with these medicines.

The pain medicine given to you by your doctor can be supplemented with over-the-counter medicines. Tylenol can be taken as directed by the instructions on the bottle. Up to four 200mg tablets of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) can be taken no more often than every 6 hours.

Please be aware that the prescription given to you by your doctor may already contain Tylenol or ibuprofen. Taking additional medicine could cause an overdose. If there are any questions about your medicines please call your doctor.

Do not take any of the above medications if you have an allergy or have been instructed by your oral surgeon or your physician not to take it.

If your pain medicine does not seem to be working please call the office. Pain or discomfort from the surgery should subside more and more each day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.