Oral minor surgery, implants or dental extraction
To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest that you follow the recommendations suggested below. Please note, however, that it is normal to feel some discomfort after surgery and to have your face swollen.
- Keep pressure on your compresses for one hour while maintaining firm pressure.
- Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour), to reduce the possibility of swelling.
- In case of bleeding, take a compress or a tea bag lightly moistened and bite for at least 30 minutes.
To avoid the day of surgery
- Remove clotted blood clot
- Rinse mouth or spit
- Drink with a straw
- Consume hot foods or beverages: prefer cold or warm food
- Indulge in intense activities
Pain and infection
- Take your antibiotics if prescribed
- During the first 24 to 72 hours, take a medicine based on acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or the medications you have been prescribed to relieve pain, but avoid aspirin
On the day of extraction, eat only soft foods or lukewarm beverages. When you feel better, you can start eating normally.
From the next day to complete healing
- Rinse mouth three times a day with mouthwash or with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 teaspoon salt in 250 ml or 1 cup water).
- Brush your teeth and floss daily to remove the plaque and promote a better result in the long term. Avoid brushing around the extraction area during the first 72 hours.
- Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, sweets, ice cubes)
- Some words may be harder to pronounce and your saliva may be more abundant than usual. Everything will resume its normal course in less than a week.
- It is possible to see bruises on your face. They will disappear after five to seven days.
- Some patients have difficulty opening their mouths for up to five days after the extraction.
- If after three days the pain increases rather than decreases, do not hesitate to call us.
Be fearless, you will feel better after a few days and you can resume your usual activities. In the case of acute or unbearable pain, heavy bleeding, swelling spreading further, or reaction to the prescribed medication, please contact us or go to an emergency department.