Surgery After Care
Instructions to Patients Following Extractions
- Bite on gauze for 1/2 hour. Do not insert gauze into socket.
- Keep your fingers and tongue away from the operated area(s).
- Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours, although it is permissible to drink cool or lukewarm liquids. Smoking should be avoided for 12 hours.
- Starting tomorrow, rinse your mouth frequently with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue the rinses for a few days.
- If discomfort persists, please contact the office
- Diet- cold or lukewarm liquids may be taken for the first 4-6 hours. After this any soft food is possible.
- Bleeding- it is normal for the saliva to be streaked with blood for a day. If excessive bleeding is present, fold sterile gauze into a firm wad and place it directly on the bleeding area. Maintain firm pressure by biting for 20 minutes. The gauze may be substituted by a warm soaked tea bag. The tannic acid in tea has a clotting affect.
- Swelling and discoloration is to be expected in certain areas, usually reaching its maximum two days after surgery. It will disappear gradually and is no cause for concern. If desired, ice packs may be applied for the first 4-6 hours only, alternating for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.