DO NOT DISTURB THE AREA: For the next few days, and especially for the first 24 hours, it is very important to allow your body to form a good clot and start the natural healing process. Swishing, sucking through a straw, and smoking can all dislodge the blood clot. Keep anything sharp from entering the wound (crunchy food, toothpicks, eating utensils). Be sure to chew on the opposite and eat a soft food diet for 3 days. Drink plenty of water, and no carbonated beverages day of extraction.
BLEEDING: When you leave the office, you will be biting on gauze to control bleeding. Keep biting on this gauze for at least 30 minutes. Don’t change it during this time; it needs to remain undisturbed while a clot forms in the extraction socket. After 30 minutes, you may remove it. You may bite on another gauze or a tea bag for another 30 minutes if you visibly see that it is still bleeding. Small amounts of blood in the saliva can make your saliva appear quite red. This is normal and may be noticed the rest of the day after the procedure.
SMOKING: Smoking should be stopped following surgery. Healing and success of the surgery will be substantially reduced by the cigarette/cigar smoke chemicals in your body. Also, the suction created when inhaling cigarettes/cigars can dislodge the blood clot. Smokers are at a greater risk of developing a painful Dry Socket.
PAIN: Some discomfort is normal after surgery. To minimize pain, take two tablets of Tylenol or Advil, or similar non-aspirin pain reliever every 3 to 4 hours until bedtime to maintain comfort. Take it before the anesthesia wears off. If prescription pain medication is prescribed, take it as directed on the label. Taking medication with food or milk will help reduce chances of an upset stomach.
ACTIVITY: After leaving the office, rest and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. Keeping blood pressure lower will reduce bleeding and aid in a quicker recovery.
BRUSHING AND RINSING: Around area of surgery, brush gently for 3 days. Avoid all rinsing or swishing for the remainder of the day after extraction. Rinsing can disturb the formation of a healing blood clot which is essential in proper healing. Starting the next day, you may begin gentle rinsing with warm salt water (8 oz. water + ½ tsp salt) after each meal and before bed for the next 3 days.
*Following these instructions very closely will greatly help your comfort, and promote healing of the area. If any of the instructions are not followed, you might have significantly more discomfort, increased risk of a dry socket, or post-op infection, and the success of the procedure may be affected.
Please call the office with any questions or concerns at 320-255-9048.