The healing process after an extraction or oral surgery procedure is important. You may experience bleeding, swelling or discomfort and we want to avoid infection.
The Do’s and the Don’ts:
DON’T exercise vigorously for the first few days
DON’T eat on the site of surgery until comfortable
DON’T smoke or drink alcohol for at least 2 days following the procedure
DON’T use mouth rinse too vigorously as it may encourage excessive bleeding
DO eat as normal a quantity of food as possible. This is especially important if you are diabetic.
DO use cold packs to reduce any swelling
DO take Paracetamol or Nurofen for any pain (if not allergic, and safe to). Other stronger pain relief medication may be prescribed by the dentist. Avoid Aspirin/Disprin if possible for the first 2 days
DO sleep with an extra pillow for the first night following surgery to minimise bleeding in the mouth during the night
DO contact the dentist if after a few days discomfort begins to increase rather than decrease
DO rinse with warm salt water (no swallowing) after each meal to help cleanse the site. Avoid for the first 24 hours after surgery to allow the site to settle
DO clean your teeth as much as is comfortable.