A blood clot needs to form within the extraction socket in order for healing of your gums and bone to occur. Do not disturb the surgical site by touching, rinsing or spitting for the first 24 hours following treatment. If stitches were placed, they will dissolve in 3 to 7 days, otherwise they will be removed by our Surgeons.
Mild bleeding from the surgical site or redness of the saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following treatment.
Apply sterile gauze directly to the surgical site. Change the gauze as it becomes saturated with blood or saliva, no more often than 20 and 30 minutes.
Excessive bleeding must be reported to our office immediately in order for the Doctors to manage your care.
Gum and facial swelling is normal and may continue for at least 24 to 48 hours following your treatment. To help minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the area of the extraction site for 5 to 10 minutes during the first 24 hours after treatment. If both sides of the mouth were treated, alternate the ice pack application, 5 to 10 minutes per side for the first 24 hours after treatment.
Drink plenty of fluids following your treatment. Clear, cool and “flat” (non-carbonated) fluids are recommended during the first 48 hours following treatment.
Do not eat foods that require you to chew in the area of the dental extractions. Remain on a soft non-chew diet for the few days after surgery.
Avoid popcorn, nuts, seeds (e.g. sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc) or hard crunchy foods for at least 2 weeks after your surgery.
Using a straw is not recommended for the first 2-3days after surgery as it will increase negative pressure in your mouth and increase bleeding from the extraction site.
You will be prescribed pain medications to take after your treatment. The Doctors will provide you or your responsible adult escort with the details for how to take these medications. The information will also be clearly labelled on your prescription bottle.
Please be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed.
Gentle oral hygiene is recommended for the first 48 hours following your treatment. Do not brush the gums directly near the surgical wound. Supplement gentle oral hygiene with the prescribed Chlorhexidine rinse starting 24 hours after your treatment. Aggressive brushing or rinsing during the first 24 hours after your treatment may cause bleeding from the site.
Reduced physical activity following your treatment is recommended. Avoid exercise, long distance running or heavy lifting during the first week following your treatment.
Questions or Emergencies
Please review the detailed post-operative instruction form provided to you following your treatment.
Please call our office during regular business hours for further instructions or call the personal number that the doctors provided you.