After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out do not get alarmed.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


Soft foods and cool liquids are best to start. When the numbness is gone, you may chew when it is comfortable, but avoid chewing in the surgical site. It may take several days of healing before you are ready for solid foods. AVOID HARD CRUNCHY FOODS FOR THE FIRST WEEK.


Some discomfort is normal following surgery. If pain medication is prescribed, take only as directed. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE TAKING PAIN PRESCRIPTIONS. Ibuprofen is effective at reducing swelling and discomfort after surgery. If you are able to take Ibuprofen, or name brand Advil, it is a good idea to incorporate it with the narcotic. Have a small meal and a full glass of water with each:

1 pain pill

3 hours later, Ibuprofen dosage

3 hours later, 1 pain pill

3 hours later, Ibuprofen dosage

NOTE: Pain pill can be increased  1 1/2 to 2 pills if needed for pain management.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best you can. Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) four times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.