Following the exposure of an impacted tooth, there are a few unique recovery aspects that you should be aware of in order to see the best results with the easiest recovery. Be sure to follow all instructions Dr. Elias gives you following your procedure and to contact him or our offices if you have any further questions.
Whatever you do during recovery, avoid disturbing the wound above all. If there was any surgical packing placed, do not remove it as it helps to keep the tooth exposed. However, if this packing does fall out on its own, do not worry. You will be given instructions on what to do in this case following your procedure.
The following are common side effects of and the top tips for a successful recovery from the exposure of an impacted tooth:
- Bleeding: You may experience blood or redness in your saliva for up to 24 hours following your procedure. If you at any point have excessive bleeding (your mouth may fill up quickly with blood), place a gauze pad on the wound and apply pressure by biting for about 30 minutes. If excessive bleeding continues, contact us for additional instructions.
- Swelling: It is normal to have swelling in your cheeks for up to one week following this procedure. To minimize the look of swelling and allow your body to heal more efficiently, apply ice to your cheek in the surgical area. Continue to ice the region as much as you can for the first 36 hours after your procedure.
- Diet: Your diet should remain normal unless otherwise directed. Your first day of surgery (maybe the first few) you may stick to liquids and soft foods, making sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. As your mouth begins to feel normal again, a regular diet may be resumed.
- Pain: As soon as you feel your local anesthetic wear off, begin taking pain medication to manage side effects. Dr. Elias will instruct you on best practices for taking pain medication and which might be right for you. You may be prescribed pain medication for the first few days after your procedure; these should be carefully taken and only as directed.
- Oral Hygiene: A clean wound WILL heal more quickly and effectively. It is so important to keep up with your oral hygiene after the exposure of an impacted tooth. Clean your mouth thoroughly before and after each meal until you are fully healed. Be sure to brush your teeth regularly (as best you can) and rinse six times per day with warm salt water. This will help you avoid any infection or complications during recovery.
- Activity: We recommend you allow your body plenty of rest immediately following surgery. Exercise can cause throbbing and bleeding and you will be on a modified diet, so exercise recovery will not be optimum and may weaken you. If you feel lightheaded, discontinue exercising immediately.