Once your oral surgeon is finished removing your impacted tooth, recovery will take several days. Knowing what to expect and how to take care of yourself during the recovery process may speed your recovery and maximize your comfort.
Normal Symptoms of a Recovery
In the days after your surgery, these symptoms are normal and expected:
Activities to Avoid
Do not suck on a straw in the first few days after your recovery. Sucking on a straw can rupture the blood clot and cause bleeding (or more serious problems) at the site of the surgery. In addition, avoid smoking during this time. Like sucking on a straw, smoking is similar produces a negative pressure in your mouth and could cause your clot to rupture.
Place Ice Over the Surgical Site
Place ice on the cheek or chin over the location where the tooth was extracted. This bag of ice may be a bag of peas, a cold compress or a bag of crushed ice placed inside a nylon stocking. Keep the ice on your face for 15 minutes at a stretch, and then remove the ice from the face for 15 minutes. Repeat as necessary to help control the swelling and reduce pain.
Your oral surgeon will give you instructions after your surgery, including instructions about pain medicine. Follow all instructions from your oral surgeon. When in doubt, call your oral surgeon's offices after the procedure.
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