THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED
NORMAL FOLLOWING ORAL SURGERY.
The swollen area may become quite large, especially after removal of
impacted teeth. Use an ice pack
with damp covering 20 minutes on and off.
The swelling lasts from 2 to 5 days, depending on the severity of the
DIFFICULTY IN OPENING MOUTH: This is not “Lockjaw”.
It usually follows removal of impactions and will tend to go away after
sutures are removed. Return to the
office if this condition persists.
This condition often follows oral surgery and is generally temporary,
lasting from a few days to a few weeks.
In rare cases, it may last for an extended period.
Teeth near the extracted one may ache off and on for several days following
surgery. Sore throat and earaches
are in the same category.
HOLLOW PLACE REMAINING: A depression or cavity will often remain after removal of
lower impactions and other teeth.
As well as possible, this should be rinsed beginning the day following
surgery with the solution provided.
Food accumulation in this cavity, even after several days following
surgery, will cause recurrent swelling and pain. Return to the office for irrigation if this occurs.
SORE AT CORNER OF MOUTH: This occurs as a result of stretching. Bland ointment should be used to keep
area from drying out.
STITCHES IN CHEEK:
The removal of lower impacted wisdom teeth requires an incision, which
extends into the cheek, where stitches will be felt with the tongue.
temperature elevation may occur for 24 to 48 hours. If temperature persists,
BLACK AND BLUE MARKS: These are the result of bleeding beneath the skin and are of
no consequence. They are not
Mild oozing of blood may be expected for 24 to 36 hours following the
operation. If bleeding continues
or increases, phone the office.
Place a small gauze ball (provided) or a tea bag, wrapped in gauze, and
moistened DIRECTLY OVER TOOTH SOCKET and close firmly for 30 minutes. This acts as a “cork in a bottle”.
For some days following a difficult extraction, bone fragments (not
roots) may work through the gum.
They are of no significance. X-rays are taken after extractions
routinely to assure the absence of roots and satisfactory healing.
Nausea often follows oral surgery by 8 hours and may last several
days. It is not related to
anesthetic drugs used in modern times, but is usually due to swallowed blood or
drainage. Nausea may be treated
with any antacid such as milk, bicarbonate of soda, or a commercial product
such as Rolaids, Alka-seltzer, etc.
Call the office for prescription if these are ineffective.
dizzy or groggy feeling may persist for 24 hours or more following general anesthetic. If this occurs, do not drive or operate
dangerous machinery. Bed rest is
the best cure. Stop taking pain medication
or take only half of the dosage.
may be related to allergy to one of the medications used for pain or infection. Stop taking all medications and call
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN: These pains are caused by relaxing drugs used in conjunction
with modern general anesthetics and are of no significance. It is not the Flu or bruises.
Teeth may not meet after impacted wisdom teeth are removed, due to
swelling of the gums. This will
improve after suture removal.