Surgical procedures of any kind are traumatic for the body, and adequate rest from strenuous physical activity is necessary to allow the natural defense mechanism of the body help heal the surgical site.

Slight swelling, pain, and bleeding are to be expected after an extraction or any surgery performed in the mouth and taking the following precautions will help minimize these symptoms:

  • Bleeding: Firm steady pressure should be applied to the site. Avoid rinsing or spitting, as this will disturb the clot. Use a moistened tea bag to help control any oozing.
  • Diet: Follow a soft diet; drink lots of water and fresh juices.
  • Oral hygiene: Brush normally after 12 hours but use a cotton swab around the surgical site to gently clean around the teeth. Do not disturb the clot or the wound.
  • Limited mouth opening: This is the response of the body to immobilize the traumatized area and should resolve on its own.
  • Medication: Follow the directions on the medications. Make sure you complete the antibiotic course and if pain medication has been prescribed avoid driving a car or using any machinery.
  • Pain: Use over the counter painkillers but avoid aspirin products as they may interfere with the clotting mechanism causing bleeding.
  • Smoking: Do not smoke for at least 24 hours as this may cause the clot to break down and hinder the healing process.
  • Sutures: Sutures may have been placed to secure the wound and these are usually removed a week later.
  • Swelling: Swelling and bruising is to be expected and application of ice to the outside of the face for the first 24 hours will help in controlling this. Heat should be applied after 72 hours as this increases the blood circulation; which will reduce any swelling or bruising.

Should you have any concerns or questions please phone our office immediately at (604) 299-7505.