Postop Instructions

Wisdom teeth extraction is a serious surgical procedure. As a result, it is imperative that you carefully follow your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions in order to minimize unnecessary pain and complications and maximize recovery.

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Go directly home after surgery and rest. While resting keep your head elevated. If you had I.V. Sedation, your escort must drive you home, as directed pre-op. DO NOT attempt to drive a motor vehicle or operate any machinery for your own safety.
  • Place gauze over the surgical area for one hour with light pressure. Then you may remove it. If it seems excessive, replace gauze every 40 minutes until the gauze turns pink. You will experience slight oozing which is normal. PERSISTENT BLEEDING: bleeding should never be severe. If so, you can substitute a wet squeezed teabag. Bite with firm pressure for one hour. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call our office.
  • Place ice in a towel and on your cheek/surgical area.
    Alternate, 15 minutes ON and 15 minutes OFF. Remember swelling will reach its maximum in 36 to 48 hours. This is a normal component of the healing process.
  • DO NOT drink through a straw, smoke, rinse or spit for the first 24 hours. Doing so can dislodge the blood clot and lead to a dry socket or increased bleeding. Try not to do any bending over or heavy lifting for at least 3 days.
  • Diet should consist of plenty of liquids and soft foods you can spoon in and swallow for several days. Example: Mashed potatoes, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, yogurt, puddings, ice cream, milkshakes.
  • Take your medications as directed and not on an empty stomach. Pain medication can cause lightheadedness and/or nausea as a side effect. Resting and avoiding excessive activity can reduce these symptoms. DO NOT drive or operate any heavy machinery while taking the pain medication.
  • DO NOT drink alcohol or take sedatives while taking pain medication.
  • 24 hours AFTER SURGERY, start brushing your teeth and rinse with a pinch of salt and warm water after every meal and as desired. Rinsing after eating should be done for at least one week.
  • If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days after surgery, contact us immediately.

PLEASE NOTE:

Pain medications are ONLY prescribed during office hours. If you are having a problem with pain, please do not wait until the office is close to call. * After hours we are available for emergencies only.

NO NARCOTICS WILL BE PRESCRIBED AFTER HOURS AND OVER WEEKENDS. Narcotics cannot be called into the pharmacy. *If you think you will need pain medication over the weekend, you must Call Before 2:00 pm on Friday. You will be asked to come to the office to pick up the prescription.

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INSTRUCCIONES POST-OPERATORIAS

  • Vaya directamente a la casa después de la cirugía y descanse. Mientras descansa mantenga la cabeza elevada. Si tuvo sedación intravenosa, su acompañante debe llevarlo directo a la casa. No intente manejar un vehículo motorizado o operar cualquier maquinaria para su propia seguridad mientras este tomando la medicina narcótica.
  • Coloque una gasa sobre el área quirúrgica durante una hora con una ligera suave presión. Luego se puede retirar. Si le parece excesivo, reemplace,la gasa cada 40 minutos hasta que la gasa se vuelva rosada. Usted experimentará leve exudación que es normal.
  • Coloque hielo en una toalla y pongalo en la mejilla o area quirurgica. . Alternar, de 15 minutos puesto y 15 minutos de descanso. Recuerde la hinchazón llega a su máximo en 36 a 48 horas. Este es un componente normal del proceso de curación.
  • NO tome liquidos con sorbeto( pitillo, pajilla), no fume, no se enjuague, ni escupa por las primeras 24 horas. Si lo hace, podria botar el coagulo de sangre y podria sangrar mas o resultar en “alveolo seco”.
  • La dieta debe consistir en una buena cantidad de liquidos y comidas blandas y suave por varios dias.
  • Tome sus medicamentos como se le indique y no con el estómago vacío. Medicamentos para el dolor pueden causar mareo o náuseas como efecto secundario. Descansar y evitar la actividad excesiva pueden reducir estos síntomas. NO maneje ni opere vehiculos o maquinaria pesada mientras este tomando el medicamento para el dolor.
  • NO tome alcohol, ni use sedativos mientras esté tomando medicamentos para el dolor.
  • 24 horas después de la cirugía, puede empezar a cepillarse los dientes y enjuagarse con una pizca de sal y agua tibia después de cada comida y cuantas veces desee. Los enjuagues debe hacerlo por lo menos una semana.
  • Si tiene signos o síntomas de COVID-19 dentro de los 14 días posteriores a la cirugía, contáctenos de inmediato.