Post-Op Instructions

Mistakes made during recovery can interfere with services meant to restore your health and appearance. Farmington Smiles provides detailed information to patients before and after treatments. The general guidance below can help you prepare for the recovery period after a surgical treatment.

After Your Tooth Removal

  • A gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site and should remain in place for at least 45 minutes before being discarded
  • Limit your activities the day of your tooth removal (you can resume them on the following day)
  • Avoid drinking from a straw or rinsing your mouth to protect the blood clot that forms at the extraction site; avoiding straw use will also protect your sutures
  • Use your pain medication as prescribed to reduce discomfort after your anesthetic wears off

After Impacted Tooth Extraction

  • Use a cold compress to alleviate swelling after the procedure
  • Pain medication will be prescribed as needed and should be taken as directed
  • Protect the affected area by modifying your bite function, as you will need to give this area time to heal after the procedure

An impacted wisdom tooth can prove more difficult to access, making this more involved than a traditional extraction. Because of this, swelling and mild discomfort after treatment are both expected.

After Multiple Tooth Extractions

  • You can expect the maximum swelling inside the mouth and potentially around the idea within two days of your procedure
  • Discoloration of the area around the eye can occur; it can be alleviated with a warm compress
  • Muscle soreness near the extraction site can occur, which may lead to a sore throat
  • The corners of your mouth can become dry and cracked as a result
  • You will have a follow up appointment within 48 hours of your procedure to discuss recovery and any post-surgery concerns you have

While a traditional tooth extraction can occur without the need for oral surgery, multiple extractions can call for the jawbone to be shaped to prepare for a denture.

After Dental Implant Surgery

  • Plan to spend the next 48-72 hours recovering after your dental implant surgery
  • While you should drink plenty of fluids to assist with recovery, avoid excessively cold beverages
  • Place an ice pack against your face at the site of the surgery in twenty-minute intervals for the two days that follow your procedure
  • Patients who received implants in their upper jaw will need to avoid blowing their nose for two weeks
  • Discomfort and slight bleeding will occur for the two days after your surgery, and you may experience a slight rise in your body temperature of one to two degrees
  • Avoid putting pressure directly onto a bone graft when you bite and chew food

Count On Farmington Smiles To Provide Superior Surgical Care

Oral surgery responds to potentially serious problems in order to improve your appearance, quality of life, and dental health. We are proud to provide positive experiences with care as well as guidance to make your recovery experience easier. If you would like to find out more or book your procedure, reach out to Farmington Smiles in Farmington, MI at 248-474-8060.

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