After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

After the exposure of an impacted tooth, do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. However, do not get alarmed if it gets dislodged or falls out. Some bleeding and redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. Please contact your surgeon’s office if excessive bleeding continues. Swelling is also normal after surgery. Apply ice continuously, as much as possible, during the first 36 hours following surgery.

Take the prescribed pain medications as soon as you begin to feel discomfort which will likely occur as the local anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, you may take one or two acetaminophen such as Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol. Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin, may be taken instead of acetaminophen. Two or three tablets may be taken every three to four hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, prescription medication should be taken as advised.

Drink plenty of fluids. Soft foods and liquids may be eaten on the day of your surgery. Avoid hot food and hot liquids.

Oral hygiene is essential to proper healing. Beginning the day after surgery, brush your teeth after each meal. In addition, rinse with a warm salt water solution, one teaspoon salt and one cup of warm water, six times a day. Continue this routine until healing is complete. A clean wound will heal better and faster.

Restrict your activities on the day of your surgery. Exercise may cause throbbing or bleeding to occur. You may be light-headed due to the restricted intake of food. You may resume normal activity when you are comfortable.

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