An impacted tooth is a tooth that is stuck in the gum and thus cannot be used. Often, surgery is needed to remove the tooth (as in the case of wisdom teeth) or to help the tooth erupt in its proper position to prevent future complications.
Exposing an impacted tooth is the first step to positioning a necessary tooth that cannot naturally grow. Recovery from oral surgery can vary from patient to patient; however, patients can benefit from the care guide below. Feel free to call our office for further clarification at (201) 601-9262.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS AFTER SURGERY
Do not disturb the wound or surgical packing. The packing helps keep the tooth exposed. If the packing becomes displaced, contact our office for instructions.
It is very important to refrain from smoking the day following the surgery. Be careful and gentle around the surgical site and avoid probing it with any object.
MANAGING BLEEDING AFTER SURGERY
Bleeding is normal within the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients may control excessive bleeding by biting onto a gauze pad placed on top of the wound for half hour. Patients should call Union City Oral Surgery if bleeding continues after the first 24 hours.
MANAGING SWELLING AFTER SURGERY
Patients should expect some swelling after surgery. Swelling may be reduced by placing a bag of ice or cold pack near the surgical site. Apply ice near the wound for as long as possible within the first 36 hours of surgery.
HYDRATION AND DIET AFTER SURGERY
It is important to drink plenty of fluids after exposure of an impacted tooth. Water helps blood to transport nutrients to cells and also aids blood in removing waste from cells. After surgery, the body may need more water due to wound drainage. It is also important to eat soft foods at room temperature or cold pureed meals. Patients should only consume soft food and liquids on the day of surgery.
Patients should take prescribed pain medication when the anesthetics wear off. Those who sustain moderate pain may take over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen according to the directions on the bottle. Patients must avoid taking both medications at the same time. Consult our practice to learn how individuals under 18 can manage pain.
Those sustaining severe pain after surgery should take prescribed painkillers according to their surgeon’s directions. They should refrain from operating cars or machinery while taking pain medications. Pain after surgery should lessen as the days pass. If you continue to experience pain or discomfort after several days, contact our office.
ORAL HYGIENE AFTER ORAL SURGERY
Oral cleanliness is essential to effective healing. Starting the day after surgery, be sure to clean inside the mouth after each meal and return to routine teeth brushing. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until the surgical site has healed.
PHYSICAL FITNESS AFTER ORAL SURGERY
Avoid exercise immediately following surgery. If you exercise strenuously, you may upset the wound that is healing and may experience additional bleeding in the surgical area. If this occurs, you discontinue exercising immediately. Recognize that after surgery, your body is not receiving your regular caloric intake. Quit exercising the moment you feel lightheaded.
We recommend that you rest and avoid strenuous activity the first few days after surgery. Wait 3-4 days before getting back to your exercise regimen.
MANAGING NAUSEA AFTER ORAL SURGERY
Some may experience nausea and vomiting as a result of swallowing blood, experiencing discomfort, or as a side-effect of anesthesia or pain medication. Quell postoperative nausea by sipping on some ginger ale. Soda crackers can also alleviate symptoms. If nausea persists, quit the prescription pain medication. You may substitute the medication with over-the-counter painkillers. If the sensation of nausea is ongoing, call our office.
At Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to make sure that you make a full recovery from your delicate procedure. We are available to answer any questions you may have after undergoing surgery. Call (201) 601-9262 or contact us about your concerns.