Do Not Disturb the Wound
In doing so you may invite irritation, infection and/or bleeding. Chew
on the opposite side for the first 24 hours.
Do Not Smoke for 12 Hours
promote bleeding and interfere with healing.
Do Not Spit or Suck Through
promote bleeding and may dislodge the blood clot, which could result in a dry
Control of Bleeding
If the area
is not closed with stitches, a pressure pack made of folded sterile gauze pads
will be placed over the socket. It is important that this pack stay in place to
control bleeding and to encourage clot formation. The gauze is usually kept in
place for 30 minutes. If the bleeding has not stopped once the original pack is
removed, place a new gauze pad over the extraction site.
Control of Swelling
After surgery, some swelling is to be expected. This can be controlled
through the use of cold packs, which slow the circulation. A cold
pack is usually placed at the site of swelling during the first 24 hours
in a cycle of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
first 24 hours, it is advisable to rinse with warm saltwater every two hours to
promote healing. (one teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water).
Medication for Pain Control
Anti-inflammatory medication such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen are used to control minor discomfort following oral surgery. Stronger analgesics may be prescribed by our Houston dentist if the patient is in extreme discomfort.
Diet and Nutrition
A soft diet may be prescribed for the patient for a few days following
Following the removal of your wisdom teeth it is important that you call
our Houston dentist if any unusual bleeding, swelling or pain occurs. The
first 6-8 hours after the extraction are typically the worst, but are manageable
with ice packs and non-prescription pain medication. You should also plan
to see our Houston dentist approximately one week later to ensure everything
is healing well.
It is very important to talk to our Houston dentist about extraction procedure,
risks, possible complications and outcomes of the removal of these teeth.
The actual extraction may be done by a Houston dentist or it may be referred
to an oral surgeon, who is a specialist. This decision is based on the
dentistís preference and the unique features of each individual case. If
you are unsure about whether or not to proceed with the treatment
suggested by your dental professional, it is a good idea to get a second
opinion. If you decide after consulting with our Houston dentist to not have any
teeth extracted, they should be monitored at every dental visit.
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- Indications for Removing Wisdom Teeth.
- The Pro's and Con's of Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Alternatives to Extracting Wisdom Teeth
- Wisdom Teeth: the Operation and What to Expect Afterward
- Wisdom of the Ages is Like Money in the Bank
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