Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.
2. Do not suck through a straw, smoke, chew gum or use carbonated drinks for 36 hours.
3. Protection of the blood clot
Bleeding and oozing is normal. Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical area to maintain a gentle pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as needed until bleeding is under control.
Probing the surgical area with your tongue, your fingers, or any other object. Also, avoid excessive activity such as physical excercise or heavy lifting for 24-36 hours.
Adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Carnation Instant Breakfast or pureed food. Avoid foods like nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc that may get lodged in the socket area.
6. Do not rinse
After 24 hours gently rinse with warm salt water every (1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 oz glass of warm water) 1-2 hours is recommended. (The use of commercial mouth washes during the healing process is not encouraged).
7. The Toothbrush
Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. You may brush your teeth gently. If you were given an irrigating syringe after your surgery, start using it the third day to keep the sockets clean. Do not squirt directly into the socket.
8. Sharp Edges
If you feel sharp edges in the surgical areas with your tongue it is probably the bony walls, which originally supported the teeth. Occasionally small slivers of bone may work themselves out during the first week or two after surgery. They are not pieces of tooth and if necessary, we will remove them.
9. Control of Swelling
Swelling is the body's normal response to surgery and the beginning of the healing process. Swelling may increase over the first 48 hours and subside over the next 5-7 days. Gently apply ice packs to area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Repeat as often as you like.
10. Dry Socket
Occurs with the loss of a blood clot from the socket (the area where the tooth was removed) and usually happens on the 3rd to 5th day. You may feel a noticeable, distinct, persistent, throbbing pain in the jaw often radiating toward the ear and forward along the jaw causing other teeth to ache. If this occurs please call our office.