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. If an eruption chain was attached to the tooth, please contact your Orthodontist so that a follow up appointment can be scheduled for activation of the chain in a timely fashion.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, you will be provided with a re-usable ice pack. Place the pack over the operated side(s) on a 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off schedule. The ice packs should be used for only the first 24 hours following surgery.
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 as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
The nursing staff will review pain management with you following the procedure. Following these instructions usually ensures a comfortable recovery. If you have any questions regarding pain management, do not hesitate to contact us directly.
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 water) following each meal, and then at bedtime. If you feel that there is food debris around the surgical site, it is suitable to rinse in an effort to eliminate the food collection. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.
REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
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.