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After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth


Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out do not get alarmed.

Bleeding


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

Swelling


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack (preferably a gel pack) on the cheek in the area of surgery. Alternate 20 minutes on / 20 minutes off as much as possible for the first 24 hours.

Diet


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain


You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol. Tylenol may be taken every 4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2 tablets may be taken every 4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.

Oral Hygiene


Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Starting the day after surgery, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) at least 3 times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.

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