POST OPERATIVE CARE FOLLOWING EXTRACTIONS

 

  1. Leave the gauze in place for at least 1 hour.
  2. An icebag or crushed ice in a towel should be applied on the face over the area as soon as possible - 10 minutes on then 10 minutes off.  Continue for several hours.

 

  1. If abnormal bleeding occurs, fold a piece of gauze, wet it, place it over the socket and bite down on it for 20 minutes.  If this fails to stop the bleeding, try biting on a wet teabag for 30 minutes.  If the bleeding continues call the office.
  1. Do not rinse your mouth until the following morning.  Rinsing may dislodge the blood clot and interrupt the normal process of healing.

 

  1. In the morning rinse the mouth gently with a glass of warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water).  Repeat this 3 or 4 times a day.
  1. For your comfort, soft foods are indicated for the first 24-hours.  Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinking through a straw.

 

  1. No smoking, alcoholic beverages alcohol based mouthwash ( Scope, Listerine, Cepacol, etc.) for  24 hours.

 

  1. The teeth should be given their usual care, except in the region of the extraction.
  1. Small sharp bone splinters may work up through the gums during healing.  These are not roots.  If they cause irritation call the office to schedule their removal.

 

  1. If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once. 624-7514 or after office hours 877.692.5601.

 

IF IT STARTS WITH AN “S” THINK TWICE!  AVOID THE FOLLOWING:

SPITTING, SWISHING, STRAWS, SUCKING, SMOKING, SODAS AND SCOPE (ANY ALCOHOL)

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