Drs. Barringer and Crestetto, PA
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
901 North Winstead Avenue, Suite 130, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
P: 252.443.7331 • F: 252.937.2381

After Exposure Of An Impacted Tooth (Orthodontic)

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed.

Bleeding

Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.

Swelling

Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 24 hours.

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

Pain

You may take pain medications that were prescribed for you at the appropriate dose and intervals noted on your prescription bottles. Over the counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken according to manufacturer directions if there are no contraindications to use and no allergies to these medications. Care should be taken when mixing prescription and non prescription medications as some prescription pain medications may already contain Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Oral Hygiene

Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth the best that you can. Rinse with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.

Activity

Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. We advise waiting a day or two before strenuous activity is initiated.