Post-Operative care following dental surgery

Here are somethings you must do if you have undergone dental surgery or extraction.

Day 1:

Ø Continue biting on the bandage for half to one hour after your surgery. Try not to spit, wash, suck (utilizing a straw), smoke, drink carbonated or mixed refreshments for at least 24 hours.

Ø Swallow any saliva that may accumulate in your mouth. This helps to keep blood clot in place. This also helps in preventing a painful, inflamed complication called as “DRY SOCKET” which may develop after dental extractions.

Ø Try to limit your food intake to soft foods that are not too hot or spicy. You can have soups, rice, juices and ice-creams.

Day 2:

Ø On the second day after your surgery, you may experience the following symptoms: Minor pain, swelling, wounding, trouble opening or shutting your mouth, jaw pain, pain radiating to the ear, sore throat.

Ø Avoid any strenuous work or exercising, spitting, sucking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking.

Ø Oral hygiene techniques: Brush delicately. A warm water & salt water mouth wash can be used. In any case, once more don’t spit; simply let the liquid latently void. The sides of your mouth may get to be broken and dry – moisturize them frequently.

Ø In case of pain you can use over-the-counter-pain medication like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol.

Ø In case of swelling: Apply icy packs to affected area every 10 minutes externally for the initial 24hours to minimize swelling. Most swellings generally start to subside within72 hours; call your dental office if there is no change.

Ø Bleeding: Some bleeding is considered to be normal for the initial 12-24 hours. To control any excessive bleeding, apply firm pressure with 1-2 gauze packs or damp tea bag on the affected area for 30-60 minutes. Call your dental office if your bleeding does not stop.

Ø Diet: Have a lot of liquids. Avoid pops/sodas and alcoholic beverages. A soft diet is recommended. You may include yogurt, milkshakes (no straw), soups, rice, fish, and pasta in your diet. Avoid spices in your food.

Ø Stitches: If you have gotten sutures, abstain from playing with them. You may need to see your dentist again in 7-10 days to get the stiches out.

Ø Medications: If you have been recommended antibiotics, make sure that you take them as advised. You may also be advised to use a pain killer or a mouth wash.

In the event of any abnormal disturbances, questions or any post-surgical issues, please call the office.

         For more information or to make an appointment please call our Coquitlam dental centre at 604.552.2241.

Posted on by Dr. Ashnaei in Blog

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