After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Post Op Instructions for Impacted Tooth Exposure
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.
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 Dr. Valiente’s Oral Surgery office for further instructions.
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 as much as possible for the first 48 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Avoid hard or crunchy foods such as nuts, popcorn, sunflower seeds for the first seven days. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
For moderate pain, naproxen (Aleve) 250mg-500mg taken twice a day. One or two Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 4-6 hours instead of naproxen. Naproxen, bought over the counter comes in 250 mg tablets: one or two tablets may be taken every 8 to 12 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
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 (half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) at least 3-4 times a day. 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.