- Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day.
- Always get up slowly from a reclined position to prevent dizziness
- Limit physical activity for the first 24 hours and avoid excessive exertion for the first 72 hours.
- Healing will occur much faster with rest!
- As soon as possible, place an ice pack on your face over the surgical area; 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
- Use the ice pack for the first day following surgery. This will contribute to your comfort and minimize swelling.
- Moist heat may be applied the day following surgery for added comfort.
- You should begin taking your pain medication BEFORE numbness wears off.If a pain reliever was called in to the pharmacy prior to your appointment, you may take it at our office if you have a driver. Otherwise, we can give you a non-narcotic pain reliever and you can take your prescription when you get home.
- If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
- Some pain medications may cause lightheadedness. Lying down will help this.
- Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this side effect.
- Some red blood is expected in your saliva, however extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with a moist gauze or moist teabag to the area for 30 minutes. If the bleeding does not subside, please call.
- Some swelling often occurs and this is normal. However if swelling is excessive and is accompanied by fever, please call immediately.
- Avoid rinsing, spitting or sucking through a straw for 24 hours after surgery. Blood is clotting and this will disturb the healing process.
- Do not rinse with an over-the-counter mouthwash.
- Tomorrow Rinse with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and resume brushing the remaining teeth as normal.
- Maintain a balanced diet.
- Eat softer foods at first; such as pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, soup, pudding and soft cooked vegetables.
- Avoid extremes: very hot, very cold, sticky, crunchy, or acidic foods.
- Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6 – 8 glasses of water during the day following surgery.
- Avoid using a straw as it may cause suction, which may loosen the blood clot and cause bleeding.
- DO NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL WHILE ON PAIN MEDICATION.
- We strongly advise NOT SMOKING after surgery. Smoking delays the healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.
- You may develop black and blue tissue areas. They are the result of bleeding into the tissue and will dissipate over time.
Impacted or Buried Teeth:
The following conditions are not uncommon with removal of these teeth:
- Difficulty in opening your mouth due to muscle spasms
- If a lower impaction was removed, you may have numbness of the lower lip or tongue, on the side from which the tooth was removed. This is almost always a temporary condition. It is not disfiguring, but just annoying. It may last from a few days to many months.
- Sores may develop at the corners of the mouth and these should be covered with mild ointment such as Neo-Sporin.