After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Typically all you see after this procedure is the end of the chain sticking out from the gum tissue. Do not become alarmed if it seems loose as this is normal.
- Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth rapidly fills 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 the office for further instructions.
- Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Avoid hot liquids or food. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
- You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1-2 Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
- Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery and brush your teeth as best you can. Warm saltwater rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used 6 times a day. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. If you were given a prescription for an oral rinse, use it as directed on the label. Continue this procedure until healing is complete. REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
- Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should stop exercising immediately. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.