Removing impacted teeth is a surgical procedure that is very intensive. One of the most important parts to pay attention to is post-operative care. One can minimize and possibly avoid pain and things like swelling or infection if they follow expert suggestions.
- Keep the gauze pad over the infected area for at least 30 minutes, then remove and throw it away.
- Avoid touching the area and/or rinsing your mouth as it can cause bleeding.
- Once you feel any discomfort, take the pain medication prescribed to you. The pain will likely start once the anesthetic wears off.
- Avoid any activities the day of surgery and only return to your normal activities once you feel ready to do so.
- An ice pack should be put on the surgical area.
Stop the Bleeding
You can expect to bleed after your surgery as red saliva and oozing are relatively common. You can control any excessive bleeding by wiping or rinsing clots blood clots in your mouth, then put a gauze pad on the surgery area and firmly bite down for half hour. If you continue to bleed, place a black tea bag in your mouth and bite down on it for half hour. Black tea has tannic acid which can assist in clot formation as it contracts the vessels that may be bleeding. If you want to make sure that the bleeding doesn’t persist, sit upright, avoid physical activity and avoid overexcitement.
Swelling is the body’s natural reaction to surgery as it helps the body repair. Swelling won’t likely occur until the days after the surgery and will reach its peak by the third day. It is common for swelling to occur in and around the following places:
- Side of face
You can minimize swelling by placing ice packs immediately on the affected area and leaving them on while you’re up. The ice has no positive effect after 36 hours. Don’t be alarmed by stiffness or swelling to last several days after the procedure as it is normal. After 36 hours, place moist heat on the affected area to reduce swelling.
Moderate pain can be treated with a few tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol. You can also take Motrin or Advil if you rather not take Tylenol. Intense pain can be treated with prescribed medication which you should use as directed. The pain should gradually subside after the surgery and if it doesn’t, call our office for further instructions.
It is okay to brush your teeth after the procedure, as long as you are careful. You should not rinse your mouth at all until the day after the surgery. When you do start rinsing, you should do so no less than six times a day. It is most important that you clean your mouth after meals. Use warm water and salt.
Vomiting & Nausea
Avoid taking anything by mouth for at least an hour after the surgery. This includes any medicine you were prescribed. Try sipping on ginger ale, Coke, or tea slowly for 15-minutes. Once you feel less nauseous, you can start eating solid foods and taking your medicine as prescribed.
Take the gauze pad out of your mouth so that you won’t choke while sleeping It also helps to sleep sitting upright to minimize bleeding. Your mouth will be numb so expect to drool in your sleep and don’t be alarmed by blood in your drool, it’s natural. Cover all furniture when sleeping to avoid extensive blood stains on cloths.