In order to promote healing, the precautions listed below must be followed Please also note that it is normal to feel some discomfort and swelling after surgery.
Day of surgery
- Keep the compresses in your mouth for an hour or two with firm pressure and change them every half hour if needed.
- Always keep your head up. Apply a cold compress on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of cold every hour).
- If you’re bleeding, take a gauze or a lightly moistened tea bag and bite it for about 20 minutes.
- Blood flow and saliva staining are normal postoperative effects.
- Limit your physical efforts and rest.
- Do not dislodge the blood clot formed as it promotes healing.
- Do not eat anything until the bleeding stops.
- Avoid drinking with a straw. Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting.
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
- Do not eat hard foods.
- Avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction area for the first 72 hours.
- If you are inconvenienced by pain, take the medications you have been prescribed.
- If you have antibiotics prescribed for this treatment, continue taking them for the period of time indicated, even if the symptoms disappear.
- Only eat soft foods or lukewarm liquids on the day of extraction. Resume your usual diet as soon as you are able.
From the next day to complete healing
- Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp salt in 250 ml or 1 cup water).
- Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove the plaque and ensure you get better results in the long run.
- Avoid brushing the extraction area during the first 72 hours.
- Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, sweets, ice cubes)
- You may notice an increased level of saliva and the pronunciation of certain words may be impaired. Everything should be reduced in a week.
- Bruises may appear on the skin. They will disappear after five to seven days.
- It is likely that you have trouble opening your mouth. It should be alleviated after four to five days.
- Do not hesitate to call us if after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing
After a few days, you will feel better and you can resume your usual activities. Do not hesitate to call us at 514 593-9229 if you feel pain, bleed profusely, have swelled for 2-3 days or if you react to medication.