After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it in place. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it is dislodged or falls out do not get alarmed.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 to 36 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a moistened gauze pad placed directly on the surgical site for 60 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice for 20 minutes at a time as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet after 5 to 7 days or when tolerated unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you fill your prescription before the local anesthetic wears off. For mild to moderate discomfort, over the counter pain medication can be taken per the manufacturers’ directions. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm tap water) several times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.