Surgical Instructions

Extractions:

An extraction is a procedure that requires post-operative care to help you heal well and in a timely manner. The doctor will numb the areas and the anesthesia will last for the next 2-4 hours. Make sure during this time that you do not bite, scratch, or injure the cheeks, lips or tongue. After the extraction, a gauze pad will be placed at the extraction site. The gauze will need to remain at the site for the next 30-45 minutes, or until bleeding stops. Extra gauze will be given to you as you may need to change it if it becomes too saturated. Some occasional oozing (pink or blood-tinged saliva) may occur - this is normal. If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, please contact us.

Do not disturb the surgical site. Do not stretch the lips or cheek to look at the area. You may rinse with a warm salt-water rinse (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of water) but do not rinse vigorously, use mouthwash, or probe the area with fingers or other objects. We also ask that you do not spit forcefully or suck through a straw as this could delay your healing process.

If you have sutures (stitches) you will not need to come back in to have them removed. The sutures we use will dissolve over the next couple of days.

After the bleeding has stopped, you may drink non-carbonated liquids but remember to NOT use a straw. Cold, soft foods are ideal the first day (ice cream, gelatin, pudding, yogurt). By the second day, consistency of foods can progress as tolerated. Until healing is more established, avoid foods that may get lodged in the surgical area, such as nuts, sunflower seeds, and popcorn.

Keeping the mouth clean is essential. Teeth may be flossed and brushed gently, but avoid stimulating the surgical site. Soreness and swelling may not allow you to brush vigorously all areas, but please make every effort to clean the teeth within your comfort level.

Because some discomfort is expected, you may take 1 acetaminophen (Tylenol) as well as 3 ibuprofen (Advil) at the same time. If pain is not relieve by this combination, a prescription may be needed. This can be discussed with the doctor at the time of the procedure.


**With every extraction, a consent form will need to be signed by the patient or a guardian.


Wisdom Teeth Extractions:

A wisdom tooth extraction is a procedure that requires post-operative care to help you heal well and in a timely manner. The doctor will numb the areas and the anesthesia will last for the next 2-4 hours. Make sure during this time that you do not bite, scratch, or injure the cheeks, lips or tongue. After the extraction, a gauze pad will be placed at the extraction site. The gauze will need to remain at the site for the next 30-45 minutes, or until bleeding stops. Extra gauze will be given to you as you may need to change it if it becomes too saturated. Some occasional oozing (pink or blood-tinged saliva) may occur - this is normal. If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, please contact us.

Do not disturb the surgical site. Do not stretch the lips or cheek to look at the area. You may rinse with a warm salt-water rinse (1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of water) but do not rinse vigorously, use mouthwash, or probe the area with fingers or other objects. We also ask that you do not spit forcefully or suck through a straw as this could delay your healing process.

If you have sutures (stitches) you will not need to come back in to have them removed. The sutures we use will dissolve over the next couple of days.

After the bleeding has stopped, you may drink non-carbonated liquids but remember to NOT use a straw. Cold, soft foods are ideal the first day (ice cream, gelatin, pudding, yogurt). By the second day, consistency of foods can progress as tolerated. Until healing is more established, avoid foods that may get lodged in the surgical area, such as nuts, sunflower seeds, and popcorn.

Keeping the mouth clean is essential. Teeth may be flossed and brushed gently, but avoid stimulating the surgical site. Soreness and swelling may not allow you to brush vigorously all areas, but please make every effort to clean the teeth within your comfort level.

There are a couple of prescriptions that can be taken for this procedure. The patient has the option to be sedated and a phone call from the doctor or the assistant can determine which method will be right for you. Also, an antibiotic and pain medication may be given to you. Make sure that the office knows of any allergies or complications you've had in the past so we can determine which will work best for you. If the doctor deems necessary, you may also be prescribed a steriod.

**With every extraction, a consent form will need to be signed by the patient or a guardian.

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