After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
We invite you to read patient instructions to use after the exposure of impacted teeth. For more assistance, or to reach Dr. Maranon, please call our Encino office at Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.
Pain and Soreness
On the day of surgery, patients may still feel the effects of the local anesthetics for a few hours. Pain is usually well controlled with either prescription or over the counter pain medications. On the second or third day patients may be very sore and their jaw may be stiff. Pain and soreness should lessen daily. If the patient has pain that becomes worse after a few days, (generally 3-5 days after surgery), this may indicate a problem in your recovery. It is important that Dr. Maranon be contacted and arrangements made to have the surgical site evaluated: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.
Other teeth on the same side of the surgery may ache temporarily. Patients may have a sore throat or earache for a few days. Advil is best for these symptoms.
Care must be taken not to disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, it should be left alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out it should not cause alarm. The office should be contacted as soon as possible: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500. The packing may need to be removed a week or two after surgery.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for the first 24 to 36 hours. Heavy bleeding can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues or if there are concerns about bleeding, please call the office for further instructions: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.
Immediately after surgery, it is important to bite with continuous firm pressure on moistened gauze, folded into a 2 inch square, and placed over the surgical site for about 2 hours. The gauze can be changed every 30 to 45 minutes. To minimize bleeding, it is helpful to sit upright or elevate the head.
If there is excessive bleeding, this may be controlled by gently rinsing or wiping out blood clots and then placing fresh gauze pad over the site and biting firmly for thirty minutes. This can be repeated if necessary. If bleeding continues, this may be controlled by biting firmly on a moistened Lipton or black tea bag for 30 to 45 minutes. If bleeding continues or if there are concerns about bleeding, Dr. Maranon should be contacted immediately: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, patients will be provided with ice packs to be applied to the face over the surgical sites. Apply the ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Swelling is normal after surgery. Swelling increases until the second or third post-operative day and resolves in about a week. To minimize swelling, apply ice or cold packs to your cheeks for the first 24-36 hours after surgery. These should be used alternating on and off every 20 minutes. Do not use heat unless specifically directed to do so. Light physical activity the day after surgery will help reduce swelling.
If patients have had there procedure under sedation of general anesthesia, they must read the diet instructions for After Anesthesia. Patients should drink plenty of fluids. They must avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten for the first few days after surgery, then a normal diet as soon as possible, unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, 1 or 2 Tylenol or Extra Strength. Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Patients must clean their mouths thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. They should brush their teeth well taking care around the surgical site. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) or dilute non prescription mouth wash after meals. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.
Remember: A clean wound heals better and faster.
Resuming Normal Activity
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. After surgery, exercise can cause throbbing or bleeding to occur. If this occurs, patients should discontinue exercising. Patients should remember that nourishment and hydration may be reduced after surgery. Exercise may weaken patients further. If you get light headed, stop exercising.
We hope that this information is helpful, and that your recovery is uneventful. Again, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the office at any time: Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.
The Post-Operative Appointment
Dr. Maranon monitors the recovery of patients with exposed teeth with appointments in our office. It is important that patients keep every appointment, even if they feel they are healing well. Those appointments must be kept except for unforeseen circumstances. If a patient must change an appointment, it is important that they arrange another appointment as soon as possible by call our Encino office at Encino CA Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.