Have something substantial to eat before you take pain medication and try to take some pain medication before the local anesthesia has worn off.
See Your Orthodontist
If you have a new bracket and chain on the exposed tooth, your orthodontist will want to see you very soon to begin guiding the tooth.
Please take all prescribed medications according to their directions.
Try to apply ice to the face adjacent to your surgical site 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off for the first 48 hours to help to minimize any swelling.
Tomorrow and Beyond
Beginning 24 hours after surgery, dissolve a ¼ teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Use this to rinse the mouth several times per day for the next couple of weeks.
Gentle, soft brushing of the surgical area can be done after 48 hours. You may resume brushing your unaffected teeth right away.
What to Expect
- Some swelling is normal for the first week.
- Surgical exposure uncovers an impacted tooth. It may or may not have an orthodontic bracket and chain bonded to the tooth. If you have one, your orthodontist will use the bracket and chain to guide the tooth into your mouth.
- Sutures will dissolve on their own over time. You may see small bits of the sutures in the sink when you rinse your mouth.
- There may be a small amount of bleeding from the surgical area for a couple of days, especially after eating and brushing. This is okay.
- There may be a pink dressing in your mouth. This is called a Perio-pak, and it acts as a band-aid. Do not panic if it falls off of the surgical area.
If you have any questions or concerns about your healing or post-operative care, please call our office during normal business hours. If you have an emergency, you can always reach the doctor on call after hours by calling our office telephone number.