After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

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Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it becomes dislodged or falls out, do not be alarmed.

Bleeding

Some oozing of blood or redness in the saliva is normal for up to 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can be controlled by biting with pressure on a moist gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or a plastic bag filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 24 – 36 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible after the numbness wears off unless otherwise directed. Avoid chewing food on the surgical site.

Pain

You should begin taking the non-prescription pain medication as directed by your doctor as soon as you remove the gauze you will be biting on. For severe pain, take the prescribed medication as directed.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Carefully brush your teeth as best you can. Soak with warm salt water for 2 minutes (one even teaspoon of salt in a 12 ounce glass of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster and is less likely to develop an infection.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing, bleeding and increased swelling will occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake may be reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising immediately.

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