What to Expect After Dental Surgery?

How to care after a dental extraction?

1. Do not rinse mouth today: Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt (1/4 tsp) to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.

2. Bleeding: Following extractions, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.

3. Swelling: Ice bag or chopped ice or frozen peas wrapped in a towel should be applied to operated area one half hour on, one half hour off for 4 to 5 hours.

4. Pain: For mild to average pain use any non-aspirin type of medicine you like, such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen.

5. Food: Light diet is advisable for the first 24 hours.

6. Boney Edges: Small sharp bone fragments may work through the gums during healing. These are NOT roots; if annoying, return to our office for simple removal.

7. If any unusual symptoms occur, call our office at once.

8. The proper care following surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.

What to do and expect after your dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery like all surgical procedures will have some post op bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Fortunately, most of our patients report that things went far easier than they expected. What you can expect is that the 2nd day after surgery usually has slightly more tenderness and swelling that the 1st day after. The 3rd day swelling and discomfort is significantly less with steady improvement each day following. Please follow these suggestions to help your healing and recovery to go more smoothly.

 1. Take all recommended medicines as directed: antibiotics must be taken until the course is finished. Take pain medicine before it hurts because it will also decrease inflammation and swelling.

2. Apply ice packs to the same side of the face as your surgery for 20 minutes 3-5 times a day for the first 24 hours.

3. Limit chewing on the affected side for several weeks and use a soft food diet the first several days using foods like: yogurts, eggs, protein shakes, soups, etc. Avoid foods with seeds like strawberries and raspberries that might get stuck into sutures and incision lines.

4. Occasionally, a suture will untie or a little metal implant cover will unscrew. These are not a serious concern, but please do not hesitate to contact us regarding these or any concerns.

5. Call Dr. Kroll or his office any time you have a question or concern.

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