Instructions to Patients Following Oral Surgery

I’ve just had oral surgery.

Close your mouth and keep pressure on gauze pack for one hour. If heavy bleeding persists, fold the gauze into a firm wad and place it directly on the bleeding area. Maintain firm pressure by biting for 20 minutes. The gauze may be substituted by a wet tea bag. The acids in the tea have a clotting effect. It is normal for saliva to have light streaks of blood for a day.

Keep fingers and tongue away from the operated area. While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue. The numbness should subside within a few hours (call if it does not). Limit strenuous activity for 24 hours after the surgery.

Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours, although it is permissible to drink cold or lukewarm liquids. Smoking should be avoided for 24 hours. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with a solution of ½ tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue the rinses for a few days.

Cold or lukewarm liquids may be taken for the first 4-6 hours. After this, maintain a healthy diet of soft food for a day. No hot liquids such as soup, tea, or coffee in the first 24 hours. No carbonated liquids (coke, sprite or any soft drinks). Do not drink through a straw.

Swelling and discoloration may be expected in the area, usually reaching its maximum, two days after surgery. It will disappear gradually and is no cause for concern. Icepacks may be applied for the first 4-6 hours only by alternating 20 minutes on, and then 20 minutes off.

If you have any discomfort, take whatever you normally take for a headache every few hours. If necessary, the doctor will prescribe stronger medication for you.

Sutures (stitches) if required are self-dissolving. They will loosen and fall out in 3-5 days.

Continue to brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily. The tongue should also be brushed. Following an extraction, avoid cleaning the teeth next to the healing tooth socket.

If pain begins to intensify after days of initial improvement, you may have a dry socket. Call the office to see if a dressing needs to be placed.

Do not hesitate to call Baer Smith Family Dentistry if you have any questions.

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Mallory Heath
Mallory Heath

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I avoided seeing a dentist for years because I was so afraid. I’m so grateful I found Dentistry NW. The staff is amazing and were so patient with me and all the challenges my anxiety brings. I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dentists chair. The dental assistant even held my hand while I got my shots! Love this office so much.

Jeff Strong
Jeff Strong

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

These people (especially Brenda) have been tracking my teeth for many years. I appreciate the thoughtful way they do just what is necessary, and at the right time. They even are careful to avoid unnecessary costs.

James W
James W

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

Dr. Baer has been my dentist for many years, since he began practicing at the old Tacoma Mall location. Though support staff has changed over the years, they have always been friendly and conscientious. All needed dental procedures have been well explained with alternatives given. Hygienists also well appreciated for care they take. State of the art with spirit of family dentistry.

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