Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled, closed shoes. No flip flops please. You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
The removal of impacted teeth (under the bone and/or gum tissue) is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. Post-operative care is important. The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be replaced every 30 minutes until the bleeding stops.
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.
The area operated on will swell reaching a maximum in two-three days. Swelling and discoloration around the eye may occur. The application of a moist warm towel will help eliminate the discoloration quicker. The towel should be applied continuously for as long as tolerable beginning 36 hours after surgery (remember ice packs are used for the first 36 hours only).
Do not rinse your mouth for the first post-operative day, or while there is bleeding. After the first day, use a warm salt water rinse every 4 hours and following meals to flush out particles of food and debris that may lodge in the operated area. (1/4 teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.). After you have seen your dentist for denture adjustment, take out denture and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.