Post-Operative Instructions For Tooth Extractions

Home Care Instructions for Tooth Extractions

For Patients Under IV Sedation/General Anesthesia

A responsible adult must stay with you for the first 24 hours. Avoid driving, swimming, making important decisions, drinking alcohol, or using stairs without assistance during this time.

Steps to a Successful Recovery

Gauze: Remove gauze after one hour; replace if bleeding significantly. Keep the head elevated, apply ice packs for the first 24 hours, start rinsing after 24 hours, and follow a soft foods diet for five to seven days.

Peak Pain and Swelling: Usually occurs two or three days after surgery. Contact our office if pain or swelling increases after the fourth day.

Syringe Rinsing: Begin on the fifth day post-surgery. Rinse lower extraction sites only until the holes are gone.

Contact the office if fever, increased pain/swelling, rash, itching, hives, swelling of throat, or difficulty breathing occurs.

General Instructions: Do not smoke for at least seven days post-surgery, avoid Waterpik on surgical sites, closely monitor antibiotic use, store medications properly, and dispose of unused medications correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I resume brushing my teeth after surgery?

It's safe to resume brushing your teeth the day after surgery, ensuring you avoid the surgical sites.

When should I start using the recommended rinses?

You should begin using the salt water rinse 24 hours post-surgery, using it six times a day—once after each meal and once in between. If provided with a special rinse prescription, start using it 24 hours after surgery as well.

How long should I refrain from strenuous activities?

We advise avoiding strenuous activities, including exercise, for 5 to 7 days following surgery to promote optimal healing.

What if I experience prolonged numbness after surgery?

Temporarily numbness, especially in the chin and lip areas after lower wisdom tooth surgeries, is common and typically resolves within a few days or weeks. If the numbness persists beyond 24 hours, please contact our office for further guidance.

Do I need to take all the prescribed pain medication?

No, if you're uncomfortable with the prescribed pain medication, you can opt for over-the-counter alternatives that you're accustomed to, especially if you experience side effects like nausea or vomiting.


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