- Patients taking medications to relieve pain or other drugs that may impair reflexes should not operate machinery, motor vehicles; make important decisions, etc., while taking these drugs.
should be taken as directed until this prescription runs out. Antibiotics may impair the efficiency of oral contraceptives for the duration of the present cycle.
Extractions & Impactions
A certain amount of bleeding is expected and the saliva may be tinged for 24 to 48 hours. Firm pressure should be maintained on the extraction sockets for 45 minutes after the extraction. If bleeding is persistent, it should be controlled by placing a piece of sterile gauze or a moist tea bag over the wound and biting on it for an addition period of time. Repeat if necessary. Do not rinse your mouth. It is important that the gauze be placed directly over the site where the tooth was removed and not over the adjacent teeth. The gauze must be bulky enough to prevent the upper and lower teeth from meeting when biting firmly.
This can be controlled by taking 2 Ibuprofen or Tylenol capsules every 3-4 hours if necessary. You have been given a prescription for relief of pain. Use this prescription as directed. The pain medication should be taken with some food. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain should decrease continually after the first day. If pain returns or increases, please call for help.
Apply ice to face in the area of the surgery for a period of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for the first 3 hours after the surgery, while awake. Swelling is not uncommon after surgery. It is usually moderate within 48 hours and may last several days thereafter. Discoloration of the skin of the face and neck may occur within 10 days following surgery and should be no cause for alarm.
4. Mouth rinse:
Do not rinse the mouth within 24 hours after surgery. After this time use one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse gently after each meal. If a depression persists during healing, rinse after eating, for a few days, until food does not accumulate in the surgical site.
Cold, soft and bland foods are advisable for the first 24 hours. Good nutrition post-surgery is essential. Do not use a straw for drinking. Smoking can delay healing. Avoid peanuts and other hard foods for 4 weeks.
Continued proper oral hygiene is imperative. Normal care should be maintained, but the surgical area should be excluded from care involved when brushing, flossing, dental irrigation appliances, etc. until a few days after the procedure.
A low grade fever may occur following surgery for 2 or 3 days and should be no cause for alarm.
Incision and Drainage
- Rinse mouth 3 or 4 times per day with one half teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water and start rinsing immediately after surgery.
- Do not apply ice to face.
- If the drain inserted falls out or extrudes, do not become alarmed. This is normal.
- You may be aware of drainage from the incision for a few days after surgery.
- Pain, diet, hygiene, fever, unusual disturbance -- see instructions for impactions and extractions.