Extractions, Wisdom teeth, & Biopsy - English
Things not to do today:
- Don't rinse.
- Don't exercise.
- Don't use a straw.
- Don't eat for one hour.
Bite on a gauze pad provided for 60 minutes and then discard. If bleeding continues, place another gauze and bite or apply finger pressure for 30 additional minutes. REMEMBER that the gauze will look red because it is sitting on a clot. ALSO, it is normal for your saliva to look pink. This is does not mean the area is bleeding but rather dilution of blood or shrinkage of the clot. Out of gauze? Use a tea bag, wet or dry, instead of gauze. Don't change packs frequently. Tomorrow, rinse every three to four hours using warm water. Keep your mouth clean by rinsing.
Avoid hot, spicy or coarse foods. Avoid popcorn and peanuts that may become stuck in the surgical sites. Drink plenty of fluids. Liquid supplements (Special K, Meritene, Ensure, Nutrament, etc.), available at your pharmacy and baby foods are excellent food sources for those few days, if needed. Don't smoke, or drink alcoholic beverages for one week.
Patients who have received a general anesthesia should:
- Not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours,
- Not undertake any responsible business matters for 24 hours,
- Take your usual medication.
Keep the pain low or absent by taking your medication as prescribed.
- If the medication makes you dizzy or weak you should lie down.
- Allow 45 minutes to see if the pain medication is working.
- You can take the pain medication and antibiotics at the same time.
Swelling will be a maximum three days after surgery, but it is not a cause for alarm. A. FIRST 2 DAYS: Apply an ice bag or chopped ice to the operated area 15 minutes on and 15 minutes. OR Use a bag of frozen peas that can mold to your face and be less messy. AFTER 2 DAYS: substitute a hot water bottle/ towel until swelling has gone. Keep your head slightly elevated when lying down (i.e. extra pillow or two).
Bruising may occur. Don't be alarmed. It will disappear within 10 days. You may have a slight earache or sore throat. If this becomes worse after several days, CALL DR. HEFFEZ.
Occasionally following oral surgery, UNRELATED COMPLICATIONS may occur (tonsillitis, flu or cold). This is due to the fact your resistance may be low prior to or following surgery. If you feel run down or have not eaten or slept for several days, it is wise to avoid crowds, drafts and get as much rest as possible. On the other hand, if you feel well and strong, you may carry on with your normal activities regardless of the swelling or bruising.
Nausea rarely occurs and may be avoided by taking ginger ale or seven up. If nausea is severe, STOP taking the prescribed PAIN medication and SWITCH to an acetaminophen based (TYLENOL) medication. If pain is severe, CALL.
Antibiotics (Penicillin, etc.):
If prescribed, must be taken as directed and for the length of time indicated on the bottle. Antibiotic medication may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Therefore, patients taking birth control pills who have been prescribed antibiotics should use an additional method of contraception during the remainder of the contraceptive cycle.
Stitches dissolve on their own in 5 to 7 days without pain. This means they loosen up and you spit them out or swallow them.
- Immediate dentures should not be removed until you have been seen by your dentist. This is usually within two days. Sores on the gums are common and will be treated on this visit.
- Small bone fragments usually work through the gums during the healing process. They aren’t roots and usually fall out within a few days. If annoying, contact the office for their removal.
- Tightness of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening the mouth. This should disappear within 3 days. Application of a warm towel may be of some benefit.
- Your lips should be kept moist with a cream or Vaseline following surgery to avoid cracking. There may be a numb feeling on your lower lip if lower teeth were removed. The feeling should return gradually. It may remain numb anywhere from a few days to a few months. This is especially true with impacted teeth. Let us know.
- If any unusual symptoms occur or if you have any questions concerning our progress. please call.
- Emergency Telephone: 847-209-8515