You have gone through a tooth extraction/dental surgery. As a result, you have a wound in your mouth that may have been closed by sutures.
The following instructions should be observed to encourage proper healing and to avoid any unpleasant postoperative incidents:
Do not disturb the wound. In doing so you may invite irritation, infection, and/or bleeding. Be sure to chew on the opposite side for 24 hours and keep anything sharp from entering the wound (i.e. eating utensils, potato chips, etc).
Do not smoke for 2-3 days. Smoking will promote bleeding and interfere with healing.
Brushing. Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after surgery. After, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the area of surgery for few days.
Mouthwash. Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after extraction. This is to insure the formation of a healing blood clot which is essential to proper wound healing. Disturbance of this clot can lead to increased bleeding or the loss of the blood clot. If the clot is lost, a painful condition called dry socket may occur. You may use warm salt water or mild antiseptic rinses after 24 hours only if prescribed.
Do not spit or suck through a straw. This will promote bleeding and may dislodge the blood clot causing a dry socket.
Bleeding. A rolled up gauze pad will be placed on the extraction site. Keep gauze there for at least 1 hour then check extraction site. If the site is still bleeding new, bright red blood, place another Sterile Gauze and bite down. If no more bleeding occurs, leave extraction site as is. It is normal for some blood to ooze from the area of surgery. We will also give you a package of gauze to take with you to use at home if the bleeding should continue. Should you need to use the gauze at home, remember to roll it into a ball large enough to cover the wound. Bite in place firmly for an additional hour. If bleeding still continues, you may fold a tea bag in half and bite down on it. Tea contains Tannic Acid, a styptic, which may help to reduce the bleeding.
Pain. Pain is normal and expected after surgery. Analgesic tablets (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, etc.) may be taken following recommended directions. Prescription medication, which may have been given to you, should also be taken as directed. If pain continues more than 2 days, call your dentist.
Swelling. To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or a cold towel to the outside of your face in the area of the extraction during the first 12 hours. Apply alternately, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, for an hour or longer if necessary.
Diet. Eat normal regular meals as soon as you are able after surgery. Cold, soft food such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids.
Smoking and alcoholic drinking. If you are a smoker, stop smoking until the wound has properly healed because it can disrupt the normal healing process. Alcoholic beverages should also be avoided, especially if you are prescribed antibiotics.
Physical activity. Avoid any strenuous or physical activity that may raise blood pressure and cause profuse bleeding for the first 2 days. Realize that you have a wound that is not properly healed and you can dislodge the clot and cause a dangerous bleeding.
Report any unusual occurrences immediately!
If you have any questions regarding these directions, call us for clarification at: (281)664-2244