After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

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

Bleeding

Following the procedure, it is normal to have some bleeding or redness in the saliva for up to 24 hours. If you are experiencing excessive bleeding which is resulting with blood filling up rapidly in your mouth, it can generally be controlled by biting on a gauze pad with pressure that is placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding is still not able to be controlled, please call our office for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is normal after surgery. To minimize the swelling that you may be experiencing, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the swollen area. Apply the ice continuously, or as much as possible for the first 36 hours after the procedure.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot foods or liquids. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed by your dentist, or surgeon.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Regular Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3 to 4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Two to three 200 mg tablets can taken every 3-4 hours as is needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

Oral Hygiene

In order for your mouth to heal properly, keeping your mouth clean is essential. Beginning the day after surgery, be sure to clean your mouth thoroughly after eating each meal. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six 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 your surgery. Because it is likely that your normal nourishment intake is reduced, exercise may weaken you.  If you experience throbbing, bleeding, or feel light headed, you should stop exercising immediately.