Extraction Post-Op Home Care
Antibiotics Take post-operative medication as prescribed. Finish ALL antibiotics unless you develop a rash, feel nauseous or have any other sensitivity reaction.
Anesthetic While your mouth is numb be careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue. The numbness will wear off over several hours. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods until the anesthesia wears off.
Bleeding A sterile gauze pack will be placed over the site to limit bleeding and allow clotting to occur. Leave this in place for 30-60 minutes maintaining firm pressure, remove and discard. Only use the spare packs if there is further bleeding. Bleeding should decrease over the next 12 hours. Gauze is usually not needed after 2 hours. However, if bleeding persists, dampen a small tea bag, place on the extraction site, and keep firm pressure for 30 minutes.
Swelling Any swelling that is going to occur should subside over several days. Applying a cold get pack intermittently to the face for several hours following your procedure will help to reduce the level of swelling.
Eating Keep to a soft diet for the first few days and chew away from the site. Avoid hot liquids as they can promote bleeding. Gradually re-establish your normal diet as comfort levels allow. Avoid using a straw.
Rinsing Do not rinse vigorously as this may disturb the blood clot making you more susceptible to infection. After 24 hours, rinsing with warm salt water 4-5 times a day for the next week will promote healing.
Smoking Avoid smoking for a MINIMUM of three (3) days.
Stitches If you have had stitches placed, typically they will dissolve in 5-10 days. If non-resorbable sutures were used, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove them.
Oral Hygiene Brush and floss as normal but take care in the surgery site.
Pain Relief Take 600mg ibuprofen (three 200mg tablets) once every 6 hours or as needed. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) using instructions on packaging if you are allergic to ibuprofen.