After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Do not disturb the surgery area.  If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The packing helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed but please contact our office for instructions.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding that rapidly fills your mouth with blood, can be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice bag or a plastic bag filled with ice cubes on your cheek near the area of surgery. Apply the ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Diet

Drink clear fluids like Gatorade, Jello or apple juice when you get home after surgery.  After an hour, you can add ice cream, yogurt, or smoothies. When the numbness wears off, you can begin eating soft foods like scrambled eggs, pasta, macaroni, mashed potatoes, ground beef, etc.  Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods

Pain

You should begin taking pain medication when you feel the numbness wearing off. You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed. If the pain still persists, take the prescribed pain medication given to you by Dr. Kilkuts.  DO NOT take any medications if you are allergic to them. 

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The day after surgery, brush your teeth after each meal.  Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp of salt in a cup of warm water) three times a day, for one week after surgery.