I. Preoperative Instructions for Patients Undergoing General Anesthetic
In order to ensure an uncomplicated day for your upcoming surgery, there are a few things you will need to know.
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The removal of impacted wisdom teeth and surgical extraction of teeth is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
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Women please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.
II. Care of Mouth After Oral Surgery
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III. Post-Op Instructions
Remember your follow-up visit
What you should do following extractions and other oral surgery procedures
A certain amount of bleeding, pain, and swelling is normal. Reduce your activity as much as possible for several hours. Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth until the morning after surgery. These activities may hinder formation of a blood clot which is necessary for proper healing.
Do not be alarmed if your vision is blurred for a time following anesthesia. It is only temporary and will disappear as the anesthetic wears off.
Follow the simple instructions below to minimize complications and help ensure prompt recovery.
To control bleeding
Immediately following the procedure. . .keep a steady pressure on the bleeding area by biting firmly on the gauze placed there by your doctor. Pressure helps reduce bleeding and permits formation of a clot in the tooth socket. Some oozing of blood may persist. If necessary, please resume use of moist tea bags in place of the gauze.
To relieve pain
Immediately following the procedure... begin taking medication as directed by your doctor to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia wears off and feeling is back to normal. Application of an ice bag can also help relieve discomfort. Continue to use pain medications to manage any dicomfort.
After 24 hours, continue to take your medication if pain persists, and use an ice bag if needed.
To minimize swelling
Immediately following the procedure. . .apply an ice pack over the affected area alternating for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off over a period of 24 hours. This will help prevent development of excessive swelling and discomfort. If an ice pack is unavailable, simply fill a plastic bag with ice cubes. Cover with a soft cloth to avoid skin irritation.
After 24 hours. . . it should not be necessary to continue with cold applications. You may expect swelling for 5 to 7 days.
Special considerations following removal of impacted teeth:
Oral hygiene is important
Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area and thus helps prevent infection and promote healing. Follow salt water rinsing instructions as given on the day of surgery. Resume your regular tooth brushing, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as not to loosen or remove the blood clot.
Maintain a proper diet
Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids with meals and in between. Have what you wish, and add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew.
In case of problems
You should experience no trouble if you follow the instructions and suggestions as outlined. But if you should have any problems such as excessive bleeding, pain, or difficulty in opening your mouth, call our office for further instructions or additional treatment.