Following these directions is important to avoid complications and to aid the healing process. Please read them carefully. If you have any questions, please call the office during business hours.
After 24 hours, begin rinsing your mouth GENTLY with salt water. Rinse for one minute twice a day for seven days. Do not rinse the day of surgery.
Take 800 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day and 500 mg Penicillin VK 3 times a day until all medication is gone. Take Ultracet as needed for moderate to severe pain. If you feel nausea and/or are vomiting, stop taking the Ultracet and substitute with Tylenol. If you are allergic to Penicillin, you will be given another antibiotic (usually Clindamycin).
Swelling normally increases for three to four days following surgery and then gradually decreases. Ice may be applied for 15 minutes and removed for 15 minutes, alternating on and off the day of surgery.
Avoid all foods that require chewing for the first 24 hours. Ensure, Smoothies (no straw), ice cream, yogurt, and similar COLD, soft food is recommended. Remove gauze when eating, drinking and at bedtime.
Most patients will want to sleep after sedation if they are placed in their bed. Blood pressure and bleeding decrease when sleeping. Upon waking: change the cotton gauze if needed, begin using ice, and eat something if hungry (no chewing).
Following the removal of impacted teeth it is not uncommon for some bleeding to continue into the following day.
I was referred to Dr. Johnson to have my wisdom teeth extracted about 4 years ago. I was very nervous about the procedure due to my fear of needles and anything dental related. The thought of being sedated was a little overwhelming for me. On the day of surgery the scariest part for me was starting the IV and I really didn’t even feel it. I do not remember anything during surgery and am pleased to say after following his very detailed instructions for at home care I had very little pain or discomfort. During this whole experience, I discovered how interesting dentistry was. As soon as I got home I researched how to become a dental assistant and long story short, I got the amazing opportunity to start working for him less than a year later. I have had the privilege to have him as my personal dentist and teacher. I had the chance to work for him for about 2 years before having to move for my husbands job. I never would have thought that going to the dentist would end in a career choice. I can honestly say he is a great Doctor and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.- Linda