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 had been dreading to have a molar extracted due to an experience many years ago and today, I know I wasted a lot of nervous energy. Dr. Johnson pulled the tooth yesterday using only local anesthesia at my request. He ordered pain pills and I did take one when the numbness was leaving shortly after getting home around noon and have put the rest away-don’t need them. There has not been any actual pain and I feel perfectly normal. My sincere thanks to you, Dr. Johnson and your assistant for an experience that cured my dread and should I ever need another you will hear from me.- Marty