In this section you will find tips and guidelines to follow after minor surgery.
Here is some recommended care after a tooth extraction:
- Do not rinse your mouth or use mouthwash for the first 24 hours following surgery. The next day and over the week following your appointment, rinse your mouth several times a day (three or four times) with warm salt water.
- If there is bleeding: Bite into a clean compress for a half-hour or more. If bleeding persists, rinse your mouth gently with warm water and bite again in gauze or a tea bag.
- Pain: Some pain is normal following oral surgery. If drugs are prescribed, take them as recommended for pain relief.
- Food: Lots of liquids, eat foods such as pureed vegetables and fruit, omelets, fish, ground meat, clear soups, pasta, jello, yogurt … Above all, do not drink through a straw for the first three days.
- Rest: Avoid excessive activity for 3-4 days.
- Apply: A crushed ice pack on the cheek over the affected area. Alternate 30 minutes ice and 30 minutes rest, for the duration of the day. Repeat the next day and the day after, if necessary.
- If swelling persists after 72 hours, stop the ice and apply warm, moist compresses.
- Sleep with your head raised at 45 degrees for the first few nights.
- No smoking.
If pain persists, please consult your doctor. It is important to note that these tips are given for your information. Follow the recommendations that will be provided by your surgeon after the operation.