Absolutely no smoking for 48 hours. Smoking can cause a severe infection known as dry socket which is extremely painful.
To stop the bleeding, keep pressure on the gauze over the extraction site for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary with fresh gauze. Do not change gauze too often as repeated changes could remove the blood clot and expose the socket. If bleeding continues, bite on a wet tea bag; this often helps to stop bleeding.
Pain is worst 24 hours after surgery. It is easier to control pain than to stop it when pain starts, so continue to take the medication as directed even if you are feeling well.
Swelling is worst 48 hours following surgery. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack on your cheek for 4-5 hours following surgery (20 minutes on/20 minutes off). Also take the medication as recommended.
You may eat anything you like, although it is advised to avoid hot or spicy foods. Hot foods increase bleeding, and spicy foods will burn a bit. Try to keep area clean, although avoid rinsing for first 24 hours.
Brush teeth as normal, pay attention to avoid dislodging the blood clot. Rinse with salt-water 2 times daily beginning 24 hours after surgery.
Do not drink using a straw as this could remove the blood clot.
Avoid exercise for 48 hours if possible. The increase in blood pressure may dislodge the blood clot and cause bleeding.
Small amounts of blood may come out in your sleep and cause you to drool. Place towel on your pillow to avoid the mess.
Temporary numbness in your lip and tongue is rare but can happen. If this occurs, please present to the clinic for appropriate treatment follow up.
Not everyone experiences bruising, although this can happen. This will resolve with time.
Small sharp bone fragments may work their way up through the gums during healing and cause discomfort. This is quite routine, although if overly bothersome, please contact us to have them removed.
Trouble Opening (Trismus)
Bruised and tired jaw muscles may make it difficult or painful to open wide. This will subside with time.