Care After Extraction

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENTS FOLLOWING SURGERY

 NOTE: The material provided below are for general use and may not apply for any other surgical operation other than Surgical Extraction of a Tooth. American Dental Center does not accept any responsibility for miss-use or understanding!

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR MAXIMUM COMFORT AND FEWER PROBLEMS.

EMERGENCY NUMBER: OFFICE 972-241-4433

BLEEDING: Keep biting on the gauze(s) for 2-3 hours, then remove the gauze and throw it away. Minor oozing is not unusual for a day  or so following surgery, but if the bleeding does not stop, moisten gauze from the pack given to you (or use a tea bag) and place it on the surgical areas and bite down. If  Bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, call the call our office for more advice.

SWELLING: We expect some swelling- swelling is normal after any surgery. If a lot of swelling is observed, you will need to place an ice pack adjacent to site(s) of the surgery Off and On (20 minutes ON and 20 minutes OFF) for about 6-8 hours.

MEDICATIONS:  Take your medication as indicated. Do not take other medication or take more than the prescribed doses without your doctor’s authorization. Take pain medication with fruit juice, food, or a FULL glass of fluid to minimize stomach irritation. If you throw up repeatedly, call our office.

ACTIVITY: Remain quite for 24-48 hours. Avoid Running or strenuous exercises for several days until your Doctor authorizes you to do so.

DIET/ EATING:  After the gauze is removed, you can eat whatever feels comfortable. Nutrition milk shakes, Ice cream or any kind of cold shake will also help the pain as well as the swelling.

FLUIDS/ DRINKING:   Drink Plenty of fluids during the next few days. Allow carbonated drinks to go “FLAT”. Try Not to suck to hard on a straw while drinking fluids. Avoid Alcoholic beverages.

CLEANING MOUTH: Brush after every meal/snack but avoid brushing the site of surgery. After a few days you may resume brushing normally.

MOUTH SOAKS: Gently soak your mouth with warm water (or warm salt water), especially after each meal or snack. A CLEAN MOUTH HEALS FASTER.

DO NOT USE: Do not smoke or use any kind of Tobacco products, and Alcoholic beverages,

PLEASE AVOID:  Avoid using Peroxide and mouthwashes for few days after the surgery unless instructed otherwise.

PROBLEMS: If you have any problems or concerns, do not hesitate to call us or return to our office any time during our Business Hours.