Care Following Dental Surgery

Medication – Take medication as prescribed or instructed.

Swelling – Holding cold packs to the outside of your face to help decrease pain and swelling for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the first 24 hours ONLY! After that, a moist heat may be used if needed.

Sutures – In most cases, sutures do not need to be removed and will resorb on their own in 5-7 days. If not, please call.

Bleeding – Some bleeding is normal after surgery. Place fresh, moistened gauze as needed. Maintain gentle pressure by biting on it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Dry Socket – A dry socket (loss of blood clot) can be painful. Things that can lessen your chances of getting a dry socket include: Avoid straws, vigorous rinsing, swishing or spitting. Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products. Do not use carbonated beverages. This should be followed for 2-3 days following surgery.

Rinse – Starting the day after surgery, rinse with the Peridex 2-3 times a day for 30-45 seconds and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after rinsing. This will help speed up the healing process.

Brushing – The day after you appointment, you may brush your teeth normally taking extra care to brush gently in the extraction site or sites.

Diet – For the first 24-48 hours, eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurts, puddings, ice cream and clear or cream soups, however nothing too hot. Avoid foods that may lodge in the socket area like chips, popcorn, nuts or pastas. Drink lots of liquids.