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Instructions for After Your Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

Extracting impacted teeth involves a surgical process, and proper post-operative care holds significant importance. Adhering closely to the provided instructions can help minimize unnecessary pain as well as the potential complications associated with infection and swelling. Contact Bluebonnet Oral Surgery and Implants if you have any questions or concerns. If you have excessive pain, swelling, or bleeding, please call our office at 210-344-9898.

dentist performing a procedure on patient's teeth

Staying Comfortable

Attempt to use the prescribed pain medication within one hour following your surgery. You can repeat the dosage every four to six hours as required for relief. Adhere to the instructions on the medication container for any prescribed medications. Be cautious, as certain pain medications may induce drowsiness; refrain from consuming alcohol, driving, or operating machinery during their use. If you experience a rash or itching, cease all medications and promptly contact the office.

Managing Your Gauze Dressing

Apply steady pressure to the surgical sites by biting down on the gauze packs. Replace the gauze when it becomes saturated, typically every 30 minutes. If needed, replace with new gauze and maintain constant biting pressure until bleeding ceases. Avoid spitting, as it can dislodge the blood clot in the socket and lead to increased bleeding.

Controlling the Bleeding

Mild, gradual oozing is expected during the initial 18-24 hours post-surgery, causing a red tinge in the saliva. If there is any unusual and excessive bleeding, please reach out to our office. Additionally, some swelling or bruising in the cheeks may occur, typically without significant concern or complication.

Utilizing Ice

Apply ice packs to the side of the face where the extraction(s) occurred for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off throughout waking hours on the day of surgery. This routine can be extended beyond the first day; however, its effectiveness diminishes after 24 hours.

Refraining From Smoking

Refrain from smoking for a period of 5 days after the surgery. Smoking can lead to dryness and suction in your mouth, potentially dislodging the clots and causing discomfort, a condition known as dry socket.

What You Should Eat

For optimal healing, ensure adequate nutrition with easy-to-chew foods like blended options and stay hydrated with fluids. Avoid hard and crunchy foods, straws, and carbonated drinks for seven days after surgery. Steer clear of salty, spicy, or acidic foods during this period.

Dealing With Nausea & Vomiting

Prevent nausea by taking medications after meals. If you experience medication-induced nausea, contact the office, and we can prescribe an alternative.

Activity Recommendations

Limit physical activity for the initial 24 hours post-surgery. While resting, elevate your head using two pillows, optionally covered with a towel.

Practicing Oral Hygiene

Abstain from any mouth rinsing for a minimum of 12 hours post-surgery. Subsequently, you can rinse with a warm saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 oz. of warm water) and diluted mouthwash multiple times a day, including after each meal. Maintain regular teeth brushing, exercising caution around the surgical areas. Refrain from using an irrigating syringe or water pick for at least five days following the surgery.

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