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Post-Operative Instructions for Extractions

Post-Operative Instructions for Extractions

It is very important to take care of yourself physically and nutrition-wise following surgery. Proper nutrition and care will help your body to recover more quickly.

1. Care of the Surgical Site

Gently close down on gauze for 1-3 hours. Replace soiled gauze with the extra gauze we supply. Allow gauze to soak up any excess fluid or let it drool out. Bleeding will progressively decrease after surgery. If it increases, contact our office.

If swelling occurs, ice packs may be used for the first 12 hours. Apply ice pack for 5 minutes, remove for 5 minutes, apply for 5 minutes, etc. NO ICE on the second day. One the 3rd day warm compresses may be used if swelling is still present.

Start gentle, warm, salt water rinses the day after surgery.

2. Post-Operative Activity

DO NOT SPIT OR RINSE on the day of surgery. Do not drink through a straw. These activities will create a negative pressure in the mouth and cause more bleeding.

Rest for the remainder of the surgery day. If a sedation or general anesthetic was used, you should not drive or operate machinery for 12 hours.

3. Post-Operative Nutrition

When the numbness wears off, you may drink fluids. Avoid hot liquids. Start with clear liquids (water, meat or chicken broth) Progress to soft foods (eggs, dairy and meat products).

Adequate intake of fluids is essential to prevent dehydration (3-4 quarts a day for an adult).

Increased protein and fat will speed would healing (meat, eggs, dairy products).

Carbohydrates should be decreased. They are a less efficient energy source for wound healing (pasta, beans, rice, lentils, bread, corn, potatoes, sugar and cereals).

4. Additional Information

If taking any medication for the first time, have someone with you for the first 3-4 hours.

Any antibiotic prescribed should be taken until it is completely gone, regardless of how well you feel, unless there is an allergic reaction or sever side effect.

There will be a hole where the tooth was removed. This will slowly heal. Usually sutures will dissolve by themselves within 5-7 days.