Surgical Instructions

After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Extra gauze will be given and should be changed as needed until there is no longer bright red blood. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off.

After Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits bleeding after surgery. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the implant.

Extractions

After the surgery you will need to rest.  You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery.* Some recommended foods are:

  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Soups
  • Eggs
  • Beans
    *Do not eat hard foods, nuts or fruits with seeds.

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The same goes for smoking.  The sucking motion can loosen your blood clot and slow the healing process.   A blood clot is the first stage of healing. When the clot is lost the result is a dry socket, which is quite painful.  If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth, in preparation for a denture, sometimes  requires that the jawbone be modified.  This procedure is usually done in conjunction with the extractions.  You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. This is normal as well as the corners of your mouth becoming dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery. In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.