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It is critical to follow these instructions in order to avoid further complications from the surgical site. If you have any questions or concerns, please notify our office.
For the First 3 Days:
Gauze: Keep firm pressure (either with your finger, or by biting) over the extraction site with a folded/rolled piece of gauze.
Remove the gauze every 35-45 mins and check to see if the gauze is filled with blood, if so, change the gauze
Continue changing the gauze every 35-45mins until the gauze shows spotting of blood
You may continue to ooze from the site for up to 2 days, you should not keep the gauze in your mouth for longer than 3-4hours.
If you are actively bleeding (gauze soaked in blood) for longer than 3-4hours, please call our emergency line
Eating: Maintain a soft diet (fish, noodles, soups) for first 3 days. Pain will be your best guide for your food consistency.
Cleaning: Continue brushing and flossing as usual, however do not brush over the extraction site.
Beginning 24 hours after your visit, you may use a warm salt water rinse to clear any debris from the extraction site.
Avoid the use of any alcohol based oral rinses (Listerine etc.) until extraction is fully healed
Pain: Please follow your instructions on the prescriptions provided. The maximum daily dosage for Acetominophen (Tylenol) is 4000mg/day and for Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) is 3200mg/day. Your pain may trend upwards for the first 48 hours after surgery, however if it does not plateau or begin to feel better by the third day after your extraction, please call the office and schedule a followup.
If sutures were placed, please avoid "playing" with them for the first 3 days. Most are resorbable, however you may schedule a followup appointment for removal of your sutures.