You have just had your tooth or teeth extracted. Please observe the following cautions and general guidelines to minimize discomfort and prevent complications after dental extractions Saratoga dentist Dr. Ahmad administered.
- Protection of the Blood Clot: Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze that has been placed over the surgical area. Keep steady, firm pressure for at least 1 hour, replacing the gauze as needed, until the bleeding stops. Do not chew on the gauze. Avoid spitting, smoking and drinking through a straw as well as blowing your nose for at least 24 hrs. It can take up to 24 hrs to form a good clot. If necessary, wrap a tea bag in gauze and bite with firm pressure to help stop the bleeding. You may notice bone spurs working out of the gums with healing.
- Do Not Rinse: Do not use mouthwash or rinse your mouth for at least 48 hours. After 48 hours and for the next 2 days, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz. warm water) every 1-2 hours as recommended or needed. Do not use commercial mouthwashes for at least one week following surgery.
- Discomfort: It is normal to experience some discomfort following dental surgery. If medication has been prescribed, take as directed. Do not use aspirin to control pain as it may inhibit blood clotting. Swelling, bruising, cracked lips, fever blisters and intra-oral ulcers may occur. Jaw pain beginning a few days after surgery may actually be a dry socket; this usually requires additional care – please call us. Do not mix prescription medication with alcoholic beverages or any other drugs. You may feel bone fragments during your healing: call if there is associated pain. OTC medications for pain: 600mg Ibuprofen + 500mg Tylenol every 4-6 hrs.
- Control of Swelling: Gently apply ice packs to the area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off for the first 24 hours after surgery only. On the third day following surgery, you may apply a heating pad for 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off to help with swelling. If your swelling increases 48hrs after surgery, please call our office.
- The Toothbrush: Toothbrush may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster. It is normal to see a small amount of blood mixed in the saliva as you are brushing due to manipulation of the surgical site.
- Eating/ Drinking: Adequate food (soft) and fluid intake following surgery is very important for your healing. Avoid heavy chewing, eat a soft diet and chew on the side opposite the surgical site if possible. Avoid consuming liquids through a straw as this may dislodge the blood clot and result in a dry socket, increased discomfort and delayed healing. AVOID SMOKING and ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES for at least 48 hours. Taking medications on an empty stomach may cause nausea. Nutrition is extremely important to your healing.
- Sutures: Sutures, if used, may need to be removed. You will be informed if this needs to be scheduled.
- Allergic Reactions: If itching or a rash is noticed, call our office immediately. If you find it difficult to breathe, call 911 immediately as an allergic reaction may compromise your airway.
Avoid excessive activity during the next 24-48 hours following surgery. Keep head elevated and get plenty of rest. Please call Argonaut Dental at (408) 867-1800 for your emergency concerns.