Below are steps that you can follow to help reduce pain, bleeding and promote healing:
– Keep the gauze swab (where used) in place with pressure for approximately half an hour after leaving the surgery.
– DO NOT SPIT OR SUCK THROUGH A STRAW.
– Avoid HOT foods/liquids, alcohol. When numbness has gone choose lukewarm liquids and soft foods and chew away from the wound. Cold, soft food such as ice cream or yoghurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids.
– Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after extraction. You may use warm salt water or mild antiseptic rinses after 24 hours only if prescribed and ALWAYS using a gentle, controlled swishing – NEVER vigorous.
– DO NOT SMOKE FOR 24 HOURS: Smoking can disrupt the formation of the blood clot and interfere with healing.
– If bleeding recurs, apply pressure with cotton gauze for approximately half an hour – where significant bleeding continues contact your dentist or local hospital.
– PAIN: Some discomfort is normal after surgery. Analgesic tablets may be taken under the dentist’s direction. Prescription medication, which may have been given to you, should also be taken as directed. If pain continues, call the dentist.
– Avoid strenuous exercise and if pain is intense rest with the head raised.
– SWELLING: To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or a cold towel to the outside of your face in the area of the extraction. This should only be required during the first 12 hours following the procedure. Apply alternately, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, for an hour or longer if necessary.
REPORT ANY UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES IMMEDIATELY!