Reduce activity on the day of extraction then increase as tolerated .Avoid heavy exercise (running, aerobics) for one week after surgical removal of impacted teeth or
Bite firmly on the folded gauze for 20-30 Minutes (or until home and resting comfortably ).Some seepage of blood is common and may persist into the next day. If
excessive or prolonged bleeding continues bite on another folded gauze for an additional 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times .If this is not successful
try biting on a moist tea bag .Rest (with head elevated) and avoid physical activity. Do not suck at blood clot or spit. Do not use a straw. Do not smoke for at least
2 days. If excessive bleeding persists, please call our office.
Do not rinse or brush teeth after surgery, for the remainder of the day. The following day, gently rinse after all meals and at bedtime with lukewarm water. You may
now carefully brush your teeth but avoid the extraction sites until tenderness is gone.
Lips should be kept moist with a cream or Vaseline to prevent drying and cracking.
Swelling reaches a maximum at about 48 hours. Therefore apply an ice pack to the surgical area “on and off every 20 minutes ” the day of and the day after surgery (2
days ). Start opening jaw exercises once bleeding has stopped because swelling will make it stiff. After 2 days start applying moist heat (wet wash cloth) to the
surgical area for 20 minutes “at least” 4 times a day .Continue jaw exercises until full opening returns .If you develop a hard, enlarging swelling and associated
fever please call and return for treatment.
Take the pain medication that was prescribed for you with food .In cases where no prescription was written you may take 2 tablets of Tylenol or Advil (if tolerated)
every 4 hours for the slight discomfort .Severe pain in the lower jaw occurring about 4 days after operation usually indicates delayed bone healing (“dry socket”).
Please call and return for treatment if this occurs.
DO NOT drive ,operate machinery or use alcoholic beverages while taking prescription pain medication .
Drink only liquids until the numbness has worn off then eat soft bland foods. Be sure to drink large amounts of fluids (not through a straw).Continue to add non-
scratchy foods until you can comfortably return to a normal diet .Antibiotics are best taken on an empty stomach but if they irritate the stomach or cause nausea then
take them with food.
contact our office.
off, for the first two hours. For the rest of the day use the ice for 10 minutes of each hour.
needed. You will receive a prescription if something stronger is needed .
sockets should not be disturbed .Do not remove the dentures until the next day.
to thoroughly clean the denture .Rinse your mouth gently with glass of warm water with a teaspoon of salt in it before replacing the denture .The denture should ne
worn at night for the first two days, after that time the denture should be removed at night before retiring.
harder food, select somewhat softer food until there is better healing.
reduce tipping, and greater chewing forces are possible. Demonstrate this using cotton rolls.
meal and before retiring. A special denture brush is DO NOT use an abrasive soap or cleaner as the latter can ruin the fit of the denture. Clean the denture over a
sink bowl that is half filled with water. This will prevent breakage in case the denture slips from your fingers.
or more. Another problem is stain which comes from smoking, coffee, tea ,etc. Many commercial preparations are available, but you can make your own cleansing solution
by using :
1 teaspoon of kitchen bleach (Clorox, Purex) + 2 teaspoons of calgon (water softening agent) in 1 glass of water.
Soak the denture twice a weak for twenty minutes in this solution and the denture will be relatively free from stain, tartar and bacteria. Do NOT soak metal partial
denture in this solution because the bleach will ruin the metal.
The health of your gums and tissue that support the denture is very important.
When cleaning the denture, it is advisable to rinse the mouth vigorously with plain water or mild commercial mouthwash.
A daily gentle massage with a soft nylon toothbrush with toothpaste is very beneficial.
Healthy oral tissue is best obtained when the dentures are left out at night. The compressed gums must have rest for proper blood circulation and repair.
Some denture wearers must keep the dentures in all night for personal reasons. In this case, the dentures should be left out at other times during the day. For the
best results, follow your Dentist’s advice in this matter. When the dentures are left out of the mouth, they are placed in a container of water as otherwise they may
wrap and the fit can be changed.