Friday, 18 July 2014

Oral Surgery Care | Tooth Extraction Surgery Bowie, MD

Post Op Instructions After Oral Surgery Procedures


One of the most common questions we get from our patients is how to take care of their mouths after any type of Oral Surgery; primarily extractions.  While the mouth can be a bit sore after procedures such as prepping for a crown, fillings, etc. (swishing with warm salt water will help soothe the gums), we run into the most problems when it comes to extractions.  The following tips will help heal the gums as fast as possible and make for an experience involving as little pain and discomfort as possible!


1. Starting the day AFTER the extraction, swish 3 to 4 times a day with warm salt water (about a teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water).  After swishing for about 30 seconds, stand over the sink and let the salt water mixture “drool out”, do not forcefully spit it out!

2. DO NOT drink through a straw for at least 72 hours.

3. If you are a smoker, hold off for as long as possible.  We recommend at the VERY LEAST 72 hours, however the longer the better.  If you smoke before the 72 hour time frame you can experience what is known as a “dry socket” and experience extreme pain.  For more information on the definition, symptoms, causes, and remedies of a dry socket visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-socket/basics/definition/con-20025990 

4. Stick to as soft of a diet as possible.  Foods such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, ice-cream, Jell-O, applesauce, broth, scrambled/poached eggs, etc.  Avoid anything that can get stuck in the area such as popcorn, peanuts, rice, chips, spicy foods, alcohol, etc.

5. In many cases Ibuprofen is recommended to help subdue discomfort (over the counter Ibuprofen can be used, but in some cases the doctor may write a prescription for a higher dosage of Ibuprofen).  Ibuprofen also acts as an anti-inflammatory so it will help reduce swelling and soreness.

6. Always schedule a follow-up appointment to see your doctor so they can evaluate the extraction site and verify that you are healing accordingly!

**Always be sure to follow your doctors’ specific directions for home care after any type of oral surgery!  Each patient is different and may require further and/or different care instructions!**

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