Post-operative instructions following Oral Surgery
After-care on the day of treatment
How to make a quick recovery….
Before leaving the dental practice your dental surgeon will have placed gauze packs inside your mouth to control bleeding from the extraction sites. Bite with firm pressure on the packs for at least half an hour after treatment.
A little oozing is normal in the first 24 hours.
If bleeding persists apply more folded gauze and bite firmly for 20 minutes at a time until bleeding stops. Avoid hot liquids, sit upright and stop exercise. The blood will start to clot and the socket area will begin to heal .
To assist healing please follow this advice during the first 24 hours
No aggressive oral rinsing
No drinking through a straw
No alcohol or carbonated drinks
Avoid smoking as long as possible
Ice packs help to reduce swelling
Apply ice packs to the involved sides of the face. Ensure the packs are enclosed within a towel or similar covering to avoid freezing the skin. Leave the pack in place for 20 minutes at a time and remove for 20 minutes before reapplying again if needed.
Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, take medications as prescribed
Get plenty of rest. Do not engage in strenuous activity of lifting weights.
Your head should be elevated with two or three pillows to reduce the blood pressure in your head. This will diminish discomfort and minimize swelling.
Eat and drink at usual meal times. It is important to consume fluids and nourishment to assist the healing process and to avoid complications.
Liquid and soft foods are recommended to begin with e.g. milkshakes, yoghurt, soups, mashed potatoes, bananas etc
Dietary supplements such as ‘Complan’ may help maintain dietary requirements.
Take medications as directed as they are prescribed not only to control discomfort but to reduce swelling and infection. Taking the medication before the numbness wears off allows for a smooth and comfortable transition.
In most cases pain relief is prescribed by your dental surgeon. If not and some is required, one or two Paracetamol tablets may be taken as directed. Avoid Aspirin-based pain relief as it may cause bleeding. Taking a snack before pain medication helps avoid an upset stomach.
Home care the day after treatment
After breakfast the next morning brush your teeth and gums and use floss.
Begin rinsing your mouth with warm Saltwater mouthwashes
Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a small glass of warm water. Hold mouthwash in your mouth on the extraction site for a total of two minutes. Mouth rinse after meals and before bed time over the next few days.
Do not use commercial mouthwashes as they tend to irritate the wounds at this stage.
Discontinue ice treatment as it will no longer be beneficial. .
Don’t be alarmed at a continued slow increase in facial swelling/bruising during the first 48-72 hours. It may also be difficult to open your mouth wide but these symptoms will subside after several days.
Advance your diet to regular meals as soon as you are comfortable to do so.
If you have any questions or problems please contact us immediately
What to expect after oral surgery
Any operation carries some risk.
This is reduced by the preoperative appraisal of your physical condition, careful surgery preparation and the skill of your surgeon.
Healing may sometimes be delayed because the body can’t build normal tissue quickly. In the upper jaw healing usually proceeds uneventfully.
In the lower jaw most heal promptly while about 25% will be delayed and need further care.
For this reason it is not wise to immediately go on a long trip or go where there will be no dental services available.
Post operative appointment
Following the removal of teeth, stitches are often used to reposition the tissues and speed healing.
After a few days the stitches may cause a ‘drawing’ or a tight feeling. This is a normal part of the healing process and unless dissolvable stitches have been used, an appointment will be scheduled one week after surgery to have them quickly taken out. By this time the client can look forward to having made a full recovery.