Please read this important post-operative information for proper care after exposure of an impacted tooth. If you are undergoing this procedure, please follow these instructions exactly to ensure optimal healing and quick recovery.
After your surgery:
- Do not disturb the area and/or surrounding tissues.
- If your surgeon has attached a small gold chain to the impacted tooth, it is essential that your orthodontist activate the chain within 1–2 weeks after your surgery.
- If this chain becomes dislodged from the tooth, please contact our office immediately to have the chain replaced.
A small amount of bleeding is common for up to 24 hours. If you experience excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood), place a gauze pad directly over the site and hold it in place with firm biting pressure for approximately 30 minutes or until the bleeding can be controlled. If your bleeding does not slow, please call our office.
Swelling is normal after surgery and is a major cause of post-surgical discomfort. Swelling can be reduced by applying an ice pack to the side of your face for 10 minutes; transfer it to the other side (if necessary) for another 10 minutes. Continue icing the face as much as possible for the first 48 hours. Do not freeze the skin. These measures will not eliminate swelling, but they will help reduce its severity.
When beginning your post-surgery diet, follow these guidelines:
- It is important to drink fluids after your surgery.
- Start with clear liquids, such as apple juice, tea, or broth.
- Always cool down any hot foods or liquids during the first 24 hours following surgery.
- You should eat only soft food on the day of your surgery: for example, soups, eggs, and mashed potatoes.
- Gradually build your diet back to normal after 2–3 days.
Discomfort is common after any surgery. To combat any pain you may encounter:
- Start taking ibuprofen (also known as Advil® or Motrin®) once you’re home (if you’re not allergic or intolerant). If you are asthmatic, do not take ibuprofen unless you have tolerated it in the past.
- Take your prescribed narcotic medication in addition to the ibuprofen if the ibuprofen does not get rid of the pain. Ibuprofen and your prescribed narcotic can be taken together.
- Be certain to take your pain medicines with food; this will help prevent nausea.
- Remember, narcotic pain medication will impair your judgment and reflexes, so absolutely no driving or operating heavy machinery while taking narcotic pain medication.
Begin brushing your teeth and cleaning your mouth the day after surgery. It is important to brush all of your teeth except the surgical site(s), as bacterial plaque and food accumulation near the extraction site will delay healing. You can begin gentle, plain, warm water rinses beginning the day after surgery. Avoid mouth rinses, especially those containing alcohol, because they will irritate the surgery site(s).