Post-Operative Instructions: Dental Extractions
If you are prescribed an antiseptic mouth rinse (chlorhexidine or Peridex™), use it for a week.
Start taking pain medications and eat something within 30 minutes after the procedure. Narcotics (oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine) can cause nausea if you take them on an empty stomach.
If you have a reaction to any medicine that Central Washington Oral and Facial Surgery (CWOFS) gave you, stop taking it immediately and call the office.
Usually, you should also take 400 mg of ibuprofen and 325 mg of Tylenol® every 6 hours in addition to your other pain medicine. Ask the CWOFS team or your pharmacist if you should not be taking this in addition.
Do not chew on the affected site for 2–3 weeks, and adhere to a soft diet (smoothies, eggs, well-cooked pasta, etc.).
To stop bleeding, put gauze on that site, and apply constant pressure for 30 minutes. Repeat 2 times if necessary.
If the bleeding continues, replace the gauze with a black tea bag for 30 minutes. Tannins in the tea help clot blood.
Avoid spitting, hot beverages, and carbonated beverages after surgery, as they encourage bleeding to continue.
The stitches may dissolve or may need to be removed. Just ask the team if you are unsure.
Use an ice pack on your face to help with swelling — 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours.
Taking Care of the Surgery Site:
First day after surgery: Do not rinse your mouth. Clean the other teeth as you would normally.
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