After An extraction - Danbury, CT
After An extraction
After wisdom teeth extraction:
The removal of impacted teeth is a surgical procedure. Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully.
Immediately following Surgery
Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
Take the prescribed pain medication before you begin to feel discomfort.
Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
Place an ice pack to the side of your face where surgery was performed. Refer to the section on swelling for explanation.
For severe pain, take the tablets prescribed as directed. The prescribed pain medicine will make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office at (203) 744-1240.
Keep the mouth clean
Nausea and vomiting
Slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon; if the temperature persists notify the office. Tylenol or Ibuprofen should be taken to reduce the fever.
You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing. You were not able to eat or drink prior to surgery. It was also difficult to take fluids. Taking pain medication can make you dizzy. You could get light headed when you stand up suddenly. Before standing up, you should sit for one minute then get up.
Occasionally, patients may feel hard protrusion in the surgical area with their tongue. They are not roots; they are the bony walls which supported the tooth. These protrusions usually smooth out in time. If not, they can be removed by Dr. Gedeon.
If the corners of your mouth are retracted they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.
Sore throat and pain when swallowing is not uncommon. This will subside in 2-3 days.
Stiffness (trimus) of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.
The pain and swelling should subside more and more each day following surgery. If your post-operative pain or swelling worsens call our office at (203) 744-1240 for instructions.
There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. The cavity will gradually over the next month fill in with new bone and gum tissue. In the meantime, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with salt water rinses.
Brushing your teeth is okay just be gentle at the surgical sites.
Dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the surgical site. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site will persist. This requires treatment so please contact the office for a follow up visit with Dr. Gedeon.
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