Bellflower after Exposure of Impacted Tooth
It’s important to allow the surgical site to heal following the exposure of an impacted tooth. Do not disturb the wound after surgical packing is placed. Do not touch the packing either because it helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out of the mouth, please contact our office for instructions. We might need to put more packing in place.
You might experience bleeding or redness in your saliva (spit) for 24 hours after surgery. This is normal. Excessive bleeding can also occur, and can be controlled biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed on the wound. Hold it in place for 30 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, please call the office for advice and further instructions.
Swelling is normal following surgery because of the increased blood flow in the area. To help minimize swelling, you can apply an ice pack to the cheek near the area of surgery. You can also wrap a towel around some ice for the same affect. Use ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids like juice or water but avoid hot liquids or hard food. On the day of surgery, only eat soft foods and some liquids. After 24 hours, try to return to your normal diet.
It’s normal to experience some pain in the region after the anesthetic wears off. For moderate pain, you can take Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or generic Ibuprofen based on your size. On average, you will only need 1-2 tablets. Do not take more than instructed, and NEVER take more than one medication at once. If the patient is under 18, consult our practice for advice.
If you experience severe pain, take prescribed medication as directed. Remember to NOT drink alcoholic beverage and to never take more than recommended as a dose. If severe pain persists after a few days, please contact the office. We don’t want you to be in pain and can help find a solution to the problem.
Proper oral hygiene is essential for healing. Clean your mouth after every meal, including on the day of the surgery. Brush your teeth gently and rinse with warm salt water six times a day. Continue rinsing until healing is complete.
Remember: A clean mouth is a healthy mouth.
Physical activity should be avoided and kept to a minimum following your surgery. If you do exercise, throbbing or bleeding can occur. If you get lightheaded, please stop exercising. Remember your caloric intake has been reduced and you are weaker than usual, so you won’t be able to exercise as much.