After having teeth removed, there are some instructions that you will want to follow. You will be sent home with gauze. Be sure to place the gauze over the areas where teeth were removed. Place firm biting pressure on the gauze. This will help to stop bleeding. You can also bite on caffeinated tea bags to help slow down bleeding.
With oral surgery, there is usually some swelling. Place a cold compress on the outside of your face where the swelling is present. You can do this for the first 24 hours.
We will also be giving you a prescription for pain medication. Be sure to take one before the numbness wears off. Having it in your system will help to limit your discomfort. The most discomfort is when the numbness first starts to wear off. Preventing the pain from starting will help to keep you more comfortable as the day goes along.
For the first day, you will want to eat soft foods or have a liquid diet. As the areas heal you will be able to eat more solid foods. Also be sure to not eat or drink anything too hot. Lukewarm or cold foods and drinks will help to keep you comfortable and not damage the areas where teeth were removed.
If sutures are placed, try to leave them alone as much as possible. Some sutures dissolve and will come out on their own. Other sutures will have to be removed for you at your post-op appointment. We will notify you of the type of sutures, if any, that have been placed.