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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

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 one to two hours. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice on and off for 15-20 minute intervals for the first 24 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid liquids or foods that are hot or spicy. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication before the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, one or two over the counter tablets of Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

CAUTION: Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.

Keep the Mouth Clean

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. No rinsing of any kind should be performed until 24 hours following surgery. You can brush your teeth 24 hours after surgery but rinse gently. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing two to three times a day and after meals with a cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of salt. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you 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.