DR. Masoud & Dr. Girgis – Surgical Instructions
It is important to us that you are informed during every step of your treatment so that you feel well prepared and have the chance to ask questions. The following information is a starting point for researching your treatment and should help you make a list of questions to ask during your consultation.
Before Nitrous Sedation
Please refrain from eating or drinking for a couple of hours prior.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing your mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed over the extraction site. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.
After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for two days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding and to feel slightly uncomfortable for about two days after surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the bone graft.
After Impacted Tooth
After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. Your doctor will also prescribe medication, which should be taken as directed. You are also advised to favour the extraction area and modify your diet for a few days to allow for healing.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum amount of swelling both inside of your mouth and possibly around your eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. This is normal, as is the corners of your mouth becoming dry and cracked from being stretched open during your procedure. In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours to discuss any post-surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.
If you ever have any questions we haven’t answered here, contact our Whitby or Ajax location. Our kind and attentive team is committed to helping you in any way we can.