Union Oral Surgery recommends that you not exert yourself following an impacted tooth procedure. Plan to go home and rest after your surgery as well as the day that follows.
Even if you feel up to exercise or any other physical activity, it’s important to limit yourself. When your blood pressure increases, this can cause throbbing or bleeding from the surgical site. You may also not realize how weak your body is from your treatment, and this could put you at risk of injury. These guidelines are true for most of the procedures we conduct as well as for impacted tooth surgery aftercare.
Patients can expect about 3-5 days for a full recovery from an impacted tooth procedure. Most resume their normal schedules by the third day but may still experience some discomfort and bleeding. Expect to return for a follow-up appointment about one week after the surgery so that your doctor can check your progress and ensure that you are healing properly.
Managing Discomfort Following Impacted Tooth Surgery
As part of aftercare, patients will receive:
- Two pain medications, one strong and one mild.
- An antibiotic mouth rinse and oral antibiotics to prevent infection.
Your doctor can advise you about the schedule and frequency for taking these medications. Typically, you will need to take the stronger pain medication the day of your surgery as well as the day after. By the third day, you should be able to manage any remaining discomfort with the milder pain medication.
Following your impacted tooth surgery, you may experience swelling around the site. Union Oral Surgery will send you home with an ice pack to limit these effects. Applying the pack for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off over two hours can make a big difference in your comfort over the days to follow.
Stitches and Bandages
To limit bleeding and promote healing, your doctor:
- May close the surgical site with stitches. These stitches are absorbable and will turn to a jelly-like consistency within 3-5 days.
- Will provide you with gauze sponges. Change them every 15 minutes for about two hours, and most of your bleeding should have stopped.
Even with the proper application of gauze, you may notice a minimal amount of bleeding for the next 24 hours. This is a normal part of the healing process.
Diet and Oral Hygiene in Impacted Tooth Surgery Aftercare
We advise our patients to drink plenty of fluids following surgical procedures. Anesthesia and recovery can take a lot out of you, and hydration can make for a more comfortable and speedy recuperation. However, you should avoid liquids and foods that are hot or have acidic or spicy ingredients.
Before your procedure, stock up on foods that are softer and easier to chew. You can expect to be on an altered diet for about five days. Many of our patients eat spaghetti, casseroles, mashed potatoes, and yogurt during this time.
Following your impacted tooth surgery, our practice will provide you with a soft-bristled toothbrush that you should use for the first five days. The first night, brush your teeth with water instead of toothpaste and take special care not to disturb the surgical site.
Questions or Concerns?
Your experience with Union Oral Surgery doesn’t end when your procedure is over. Our doctors and staff are here to support you throughout your recovery.
We encourage you to contact us if you are having higher-than-expected discomfort; have questions about whether what you are feeling or seeing is a normal part of recovery; or simply want to talk with your doctor. While we typically can address concerns by telephone, we welcome you to return to our practice for a more comprehensive discussion.
If you are planning impacted tooth surgery, learn more about what to expect with aftercare. Contact our offices online or by phone. Call (704) 291-7333.