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Oral Surgery After Care Instructions

  • Take pain medication as soon as possible, before anesthetic begins to wear off. If it's a prescribed medication, take it with food, if possible, to prevent stomach upset.
  • Today and tomorrow eat soft foods. It is very important to maintain good nutrition for proper healing.
  • Do not spit, suck through a straw, or rinse your mouth vigorously today. Any of these actions can dislodge the blood clot and cause a very uncomfortable dry socket.
  • You can rinse with warm salt water (place 1/4 tsp. of salt to 8 oz of water) starting the day after surgery gently, several times a day to help prevent inflammation and infection. 
  • No smoking for at least 2-3 days after surgery. Smoking is the leading cause of very uncomftable dry sockets after oral surgery.
  • No alcohol for at least 24 hours following surgery, or at any time while taking prescribed medication.
  • Bite on the gauze for 30 minutes. Change as needed if bleeding continues. It is normal for the extraction site to ooze for 24 hours. If bleeding continues excessively for 2-3 hours, bite on a warm water soaked teabag placed over the extraction site. If bleeding still continues, call Dr. Bassas immediately at 320-203-7373.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything requiring judgement or coordination while taking certain prescribed medication.
  • If you were prescribed an antibiotic, take all as directed unless you develop an allergic reaction (skin rash or difficulty breathing are examples). Should this happen, stop taking the medication and contact Dr. Bassas or seek emergency care if needed.
  • Occasionally a small bony fragment may work up through the gums tissue during healing. Do not be alarmed, this is not unusual. If it becomes irritated or painful, contact our office.
  • After more extensive surgery (such as multiple extractions or impacted wisdom teeth) swelling usually occurs. To help reduce the swelling place an ice pack over the area where the surgery was performed for 15 minutes and then 15 minutes off. Do this over the first several hours following surgery.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at anytime at 320-203-7373.