Please be advised that antibiotics and many other medications can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.
DAY OF SURGERY
If given an ice pack, place on surgery side/sides of face as soon as you get home (30 minutes on and off while awake).
- You may start with 2 ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) when you get home and can take 2 ibuprofen up to every 4 hours. You may add 1 Tylenol® with the ibuprofen or take between the doses of ibuprofen. The prescription medicine should ONLY be taken as the third-line medication.
- The antibiotics should be taken as directed until gone.
- If a prescription steroid was given for swelling, take as directed until gone.
Gauze has been placed at each extraction site. Bite firmly and consistently on the gauze for 1 hour. Then, remove this gauze and replace with new gauze, biting down firmly for another hour. After this, remove all gauze. If you note excessive redness in the mouth, this is likely blood-stained saliva. Gently rinse with COLD water and wipe the mouth with dry gauze. At this point, the new blood clots in the sites will stain any new gauze and still lightly stain the saliva. Tasting some blood is normal. If excessive bleeding continues, place new gauze and bite firmly for 30 minutes, or place a slightly moistened tea bag at the problem site and bite firmly and consistently for 30 minutes.
While numb, eat cold, soft foods that do not require chewing (smoothies, pudding, ice cream, shakes). Once the numbing medication has worn off, you may resume a normal diet as tolerated. You may use a straw. Do not eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn until cleared by Dr. Brown.
Resume physical activity as tolerated. When you feel okay, it is fine to work out or perform other physical tasks.
It is okay to brush your teeth on the day of surgery (rinse mouth gently). Be aware that minor bleeding may occur at the surgical site when brushing. This is no cause for alarm.
- Use Peridex™ mouth rinse as directed on the bottle.
- Begin warm saltwater rinses (a 1/4 teaspoon salt in a full glass of warm water).
- Eat a regular diet as tolerated.
- Aspirin or ibuprofen or Tylenol® may be all that is needed for discomfort.
- If given a syringe, you will start using it today. Fill with tap water and aim tip to lower wisdom teeth areas. Flush areas of any trapped debris.
- If any swelling occurs, it will peak by the third day and then start resolving.
- Continue oral rinses as directed.