Post Op - Teeth Extraction

Teeth Extraction
Teeth Extraction Care near Canandaigua, Victor & Geneva, NY

Post-Operative Instructions Following Tooth Extraction

Bleeding - A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following a surgical procedure. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon.
  • If bleeding has not decreased in 3-4 hours via biting on gauze, bite on a dampened tea bag placed directly over the surgical site. The tannic acid in the tea helps the blood to clot.
Swelling - The amount of swelling that is normally expected after an extraction depends on the type of surgery. Swelling around the mouth, cheek, eyes and side of the face is common.
  • You can help to minimize the swelling by applying ice packs to the affected area.
  • For the first 3 hours, apply the ice packs directly to the area, alternating on for 20 minutes then off for 20 minutes.
Pain - Post operative pain will be the most severe the first day after surgery. It is beneficial to take your pain medication before your numbness wears off.
  • For moderate pain, 600mg of ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken every 4-6 hours. If you are unable to take ibuprofen, take Tylenol or acetaminophen as directed on the bottle (usually 1000mg every 6 hours).
  • For severe pain, take the prescribed medication that was provided. DO NOT take the pain medication on an empty stomach as nausea may result.
  • The prescribed medicine may make you drowsy. DO NOT drive or operate machinery, and AVOID alcoholic beverages.
Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more each day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should contact our office.

Antibiotics - If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the medicine as directed until they are gone. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent infection. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction. PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently taking birth control bills, they will be inactivated by the antibiotic.

Smoking – Try to avoid smoking completely, as it tends to slow down the healing process and may also contribute to infection and prolonged discomfort.

Sutures – If any sutures were required, they will dissolve on their own in 7-10 days. It will not be necessary to return to the office for sutures to be removed unless advised. If silk sutures we used you will need to return to have them removed.

Oral Hygiene – Start rinsing your mouth 24 hours after surgery by using warm salt water rinses; a teaspoon table salt with a small cup of warm water. Repeat 3 times daily for one week. Brush your teeth starting on the first post-operative day being careful not to irritate the surgical site.

Dry Socket – A “dry socket” is the loss of the blood clot in the socket. This condition presents symptoms such as pain in the ear, chin, adjacent teeth and jaw. The discomfort usually begins about the third or fourth day after the surgery and can last for many days. The cause of dry socket is unknown, but it can be attributed to the difficulty of the surgery, increased age, medications (such as birth control pills) and smoking. Call our office if you feel you are experiencing a dry socket.
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