After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for one to two days after surgery. Excessive bleeding, which causes your mouth to fill rapidly with blood, can usually be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30-minute intervals. Do not frequently change out the gauze to new as it can dislodge a developing clot. A moistened tea bag can be substituted for gauze. Do not apply ice to the area if bleeding is a concern. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice) on the cheek in the area of surgery for 20-minute intervals: 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off. DO NOT leave the ice in place continuously.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food while numb. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet the next day unless otherwise directed.
Begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, may be used. For severe pain, take the prescribed medication as directed.
If you have been placed on antibiotics, take as directed. Antibiotics are prescribed for a purpose and should be completed. Call the office if you have an adverse reaction. It is important to discern side effects versus true allergies.
A clean wound heals better and faster. The day after surgery, brush your teeth as best you can, being careful around the surgical site. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) after all meals. Continue the rinse until healing is complete.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If it does, stop exercising. Also, keep in mind that you may not be consuming your usual nourishment, and this can weaken you. If you get lightheaded, stop exercising.