What to do after Extraction (Post-op Instructions)
What To Do After Extraction (Post-Op Instructions)
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY
Patients who have received a general anesthetic should return home from the office immediately upon discharge, and lie down with the head elevated until all of the effects of the anesthetic have disappeared. Anesthetic effects vary by individual and you may feel drowsy for a short period of time or for several hours. You should not operate any mechanical equipment or drive a motor vehicle for at least 12 hours or longer if you feel any residual effect from the anesthetic.
Do not drive, use appliances or equipment that could be dangerous, such as power tools, stove, burners, lawn mowers, and garbage disposals.
Watch out for dizziness. Walk slowly and take your time. Sudden changes of position can also cause nausea. Do not make any important decisions. You may change your mind tomorrow.
Do not drink any alcoholic beverages. The drugs in your body may cause a dangerous reaction to alcohol.
If you feel nauseated or sick to your stomach, drink clear liquids like 7-Up, broth, apple juice, ginger ale or eat Jell-O. If these liquids do not make you sick to your stomach, try eating soft foods like potatoes, rice, pasta and oatmeal.
Avoid strenuous activity for a minimum of one week.
ORAL HYGIENE AND CARE
SWELLING OR BRUISING
PAIN AND MEDICATIONS
The blood clot on the surgical site may be lost causing a dry socket. There will be a noticeable, distinct, persistent pain in the jaw, which may cause other teeth to ache. If you do not see steady improvement during the first few days after surgery, or if severe pain persists, please call our office to report the symptoms.
Loss of sensation of the lip and chin may occur, usually following lower wisdom teeth removal. As previously explained this is usually temporary and disappears within a few days or weeks. Occasionally, some numbness may persist for months, due to the close association of the roots of the teeth to the nerve that supplies sensation to these areas described.