Tooth Extraction In Lake Mary by Family Dental Care
Post-Op Instructions -
There are a variety of problems that can arise after any
surgical procedure. Some may require
additional therapy or emergency medical attention. If you have any questions or concerns, please
call our office for assistance. If you
feel you are having a medical emergency related to your dental
treatment, please go to the emergency immediately for care.
Anesthesia: The numbness will begin to wear off in 30
minutes – 4 hours. Until the numbness
has completely worn off, please avoid all hot foods or liquids and do not chew
(to prevent accidental burns or biting of the cheeks, lips or tongue). Any concerns about prolonged numbness, please
call the office for assistance.
Gauze Pack: After slightly wetting the gauze, please fold
the gauze into a small pack and place it over the extraction site with firm
pressure. Maintain the pressure for 1-2
hours following surgery. Change the
gauze pack every 15-30 minutes. Please
be careful not to place a very dry gauze pack on the extraction site as it may
dislodge the clot that must form for healing.
Bleeding: It is normal for the extraction site to bleed
or slightly ooze for the 12-24 hours following surgery.
Ice Pack: Ice packs may be applied to the outside area
of the face near the extraction site if swelling occurs. Apply to the area for 15 minutes then remove
for 15 minutes, alternating until the swelling subsides.
Medications: If prescription medications were prescribed
please follow the instructions on the label those given to you by the doctor to
the letter. If you experience any
unexpected side effects, please discontinue use and contact our office for
Diet: Liquid or soft diet only is permissible
within the 24 hours after surgery. It is
important to drink plenty of fluids. D
NOT SUCK LIQUIDS THROUGH A STRAW, SPIT OR USE ANY ORAL RINSES WITHIN 48 HOURS
OF SURGERY. These behaviors may
dislodge the important clot that will form in the extraction site.
Oral Hygiene: Clean all other areas of your mouth as
usual. Avoid the extraction site for 48
hours, and then resume normal hygiene of the area.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REFRAIN FROM SMOKING FOR A MINIMUM
OF 48 HOURS AFTER SURGERY. THE SUCKING
MOTION OF SMOKING AND THE DRYNESS AND TOXICITY OF THE CIGARETTE/CIGAR SMOKE IS
LIKELY TO CAUSE A DRY SOCKET. THIS
HAPPENs WHEN THE FORMATION OF THE CLOT IN THE EXTRACTION SITE IS INHIBITED AND
CAN BE VERY PAINFUL AND CAUSE INFECTION. FOR YOU OWN SAFETY AND WELL-BEING,
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SMOKING.
If you experience
fever, a foul or infection type odor or taste near the area or severe swelling
lasting more than 24-48 hours please contact our office immediately.
Please do not hesitate to contact our
office with any questions or concerns. If you should require urgent assistance after hours, please call: 407-529-5681
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