Reasons to Call
A follow-up appointment may be necessary to remove sutures or for a brief check of the surgical site.
Call us if you experience:
- uncontrollable pain
- excessive or severe bleeding
- excessive warm swelling a few days after surgery
- adverse reactions to medications, such as rash, itching, or breathing problems
Avoid Contact with the Area
For the first few days after your operation – especially in the first 24 hours – it is important to allow a clot to form over the extraction site to allow the healing process to begin. Avoid things like smoking, drinking through a straw, and swishing liquid in your mouth, which can cause the clot to become dislodged. Be sure to keep sharp objects (e.g. toothpicks, crunchy food, forks) away from the wound. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth for 24 hours.
You may experience some discomfort after the extraction, which is normal. You can take a non-aspirin pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil every 3 to 4 hours to minimize the discomfort. You can take it before the anesthesia wears off. If you are prescribed pain medicine, use as directed. Do not exceed the dose on the label. You may take the medication with food or milk to reduce stomach discomfort. Do not drink alcohol while you’re on pain medication, and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.
You will experience numbness from the local anesthesic for several hours after the surgery. Avoid eating and biting, chewing, pinching, or scratching the area. Occasionally, extractions may cause residual numbness or tingling for six weeks or more.
Avoid brushing your teeth for 8 hours after the extraction. After 8 hours you may brush gently, but be sure the avoid the extraction site for 3 days.
For the first 48 hours after surgery, you’ll want to eat soft foods. Be sure to maintain a balanced diet and avoid alcohol during this time. As soon as you can after the first 2 days, return to your regular diet. Make sure you drink plenty of water.
If your sinuses were involved in the operation, avoid blowing your nose or playing a wind musical instrument for a week. Your doctor may recommend decongestant medication
Following the above instructions will help promote a comfortable and successful healing process. Failure to follow these instructions can result in significant discomfort and may affect the healing of the extraction site.