After Impacted Tooth Surgery
PainDiscomfort is expected. Medications will be prescribed to make you more comfortable. Take the medications as prescribed. Medications should not be taken on an empty stomach.
We recommend that you start taking Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every six hours for the next 3 days.
Care of MouthDo not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth the day of surgery. The morning after surgery rinse gently using the prescribed mouth wash. When brushing your teeth the day after surgery, avoid the surgical site(s).
DietA soft food diet is recommended for at least 7 days. Do not eat anything sticky or chewy.
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid using straws, instead use a spoon if necessary. In the week following your extraction, you are advised to avoid foods that require chewing.
SwellingSwelling is at its greatest 2 days after surgery. After your surgery apply ice to the operated side of the face as soon as possible. Apply cold packs as much as possible. Continue through the day after your surgery. After 48 hours, begin to apply moist heat. Wet a wash cloth and microwave it for 20–30 seconds. Massage jaw area.
NauseaNausea may accompany the discomfort during the post-operative period. Small sips of tea, 7-up or ginger ale may help.
SmokingDo not smoke for at least two weeks following your surgery.
BleedingIt is not unusual to have slight bleeding or oozing for 24 hours and periodic breakthrough bleeding for 10 days after surgery.
A folded piece of gauze has been placed in the area of surgery prior to your leaving the office. Bite on it with constant pressure. Remove the gauze and discard after 20 minutes. Replace the gauze only if needed. Avoid spitting or rinsing the day of your surgery.
ActivityThe week after surgery, limited activity is best. Resting in a reclined position is most comfortable.
DO NOT DRIVE AFTER PROCEDURE FOR 24 HOURS
StitchesStitches may be placed at the time of surgery. In most cases, they are expected to come out/dissolve within 5–7 days following your surgery.
In case of any problems, or if you have any questions, contact the office. Please try to anticipate prescription refills or care problems during office hours.