After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Avoid disturbing the wound so that it doesn’t cause more pain or bleeding. If we are placing a surgical pack, keep it there. This is helpful to keep the tooth exposed. If the pack is dislodged or falls out, there is no need to get alarmed.
Bleeding or redness in saliva will happen and it is natural for the first 24 hours of the surgery. If your mouth becomes full of blood, then bite on a gauze pad placed on the wound directly for thirty minutes. If the bleeding persists, call us at 704-892-9500 for more instructions.
It is normal to have swelling after the surgery. For minimizing the swelling, you can apply ice pack on the site of surgery externally, on the cheek. You can use plastic bags and towels filled with ice cubes too. Apply the ice pack for as many times as you can during the first 36 hours of the surgery.
Drink plenty of fluids to heal. For the first day, have liquid and soft food. Return to your normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable unless you are instructed otherwise.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you will need pain medication for dealing with the pain and discomfort. For that, you can take Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol, from 1-2 to 3-4 hours. You can also take Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) 2-3 tablets, every 3-4 hours. If you are experiencing severe pain, go for the prescribed medication.
Maintaining oral hygiene is necessary for faster healing. Clean your mouth properly after every meal a day so that no food particles and debris remain in the mouth. Use saltwater with half teaspoon salt in lukewarm water and rinse your mouth 6 times a day. You should keep doing it until the wound heals.
Physical activity or exercise can cause throbbing and pain and even cause a rise in blood pressure which can result in bleeding. Also, you will get limited nourishment owing to blood loss and liquid diet. So, avoid exercise and physical activity.