After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

  • Do not disturb your wound. Keep all surgical packing in place.

  • Moderate bleeding or redness is normal for 24 hours after exposure. Place pressure on a gauze pad over the wound for 30 minutes at a time to control excessive bleeding.

  • Some swelling should be expected after surgery. Using an ice pack or bag of frozen peas can help to reduce swelling.

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids, avoiding hot liquids. You may eat soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery. Unless otherwise directed, return to your normal diet as soon as possible.

  • Take medication for pain as directed by Dr. Medel. This includes acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as well as prescribed medications.

  • Keep your mouth as clean as possible for optimal healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal the day after surgery. Brush your teeth gently. Rinse with warm salt water 5-6 times a day. Continue until fully healed.

  • Throbbing or bleeding may occur during exercise. Keep your physical activities to a minimum, especially if you become weak, lightheaded, or nauseous.