Oral Surgery Post-Operative Instructions

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Oral Surgery Post-Operative Instructions

BLEEDING:

Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected.  Your dentist will place a gauze pack on the extraction site to limit bleeding.  This gauze pack should be left in place for 15-20 minutes after you leave the office.  Do not chew on the pack.  If bleeding continues, replace the pack, and bite down for an additional 15 minutes.  Repeat if necessary.

THE BLOOD CLOT:

After an extraction, a blood clot will form in the socket.  This clot is an important part of the normal healing process.  Therefore, avoid activities that might disturb the clot.

  1. Do not suck on the extraction site.
  2. Do not smoke today or for the next 24 hours.
  3. Do not spit out, or rinse your mouth vigorously.
  4. Do not drink through a straw.

These activities create suction in the mouth, which could dislodge the clot.  Light diet is advisable for the next 24 hours, and chew on the opposite side.  Avoid alcoholic beverages and very hot or spicy foods.

SWELLING:

You can help reduce swelling & pain by applying an ice pack to the affected area, 15 minutes on and 5 minutes off, for the next 4-5 hours.

PAIN:

For mild to average pain, use any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory you like (i.e. Aleve, aspirin) a prescription may be written to control more severe pain.

BONY EDGES:

Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing.  These are not roots; if annoying, return to this office for their simple removal.

RINSING:

The day after the extraction, GENTLY rinse your mouth with warm salt water or a mixture of peroxide & water.  Do this only 3-4 times per day, especially after meals to rinse out food particles.

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