Post-Operation Tips for a Prompt Recovery
To control bleeding
Immediately following your procedure, keep steady pressure on the bleeding area by biting firmly on the gauze placed there by your doctor. Pressure helps reduce bleeding and aids in the formation of a clot in the tooth socket. Gently remove the compress approximately 45 minutes later. After 24 hours, some oozing of blood may persist. If necessary, resume the use of moist tea bags. After the bleeding has stopped, cautiously resume oral hygiene.
To relieve pain
Immediately following the procedure, begin taking the prescribed medication as directed by your doctor to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia wears off. Application of an ice bag can also help relieve discomfort. If pain persists after 24 hours, continue to take your medication.
To minimize swelling
Immediately following your procedure, apply an ice bag over the affected area. Use 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for 24 hours to help prevent the development of excessive swelling and discomfort. After 24 hours, it should not be necessary to continue with cold applications. You may expect swelling to last for 10 to 12 days, and you may develop a fever of 99 degrees F to 100 degrees F.
Oral hygiene is important
24 hours after surgery, rinse your mouth gently with a solution of one-half teaspoonful of salt dissolved in a glass of water. Repeat after every meal or snack for seven days. Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area, and thus helps prevent infection and promote healing. Brush your tongue with a dry toothbrush to keep bacteria growth down, but be careful not to touch the extraction site. You can resume your regular tooth brushing, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as not to loosen or remove the blood clot.
Maintain a proper diet
Have your meals at the usual time, and remember to eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids. Have what you wish, but be careful not to disturb the blood clot. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as you are comfortable to chew.
In case of problems
You should experience little, if any, trouble if you follow the instructions and suggestions as detailed.However, if you should have any problems (such as excessive bleeding, pain, or difficulty in opening your mouth), call our office immediately for further instructions or additional treatment.
Postoperative visits are available on an as-needed basis. In the meantime, maintain a healthy diet, observe the rules of proper oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for regular checkups.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or complications relating to your progress and recovery.