Postoperative Instructions: 3rd Molar Extraction

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Congratulations on completing your third molar extraction procedure. To ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery, please follow these post-operative instructions carefully:

  1. Bite on Gauze: Immediately after the procedure, gently bite down on the gauze placed over the extraction site to control bleeding. Maintain consistent pressure for at least 30-45 minutes. Replace the gauze as needed.
  2. Avoid Disturbing the Area: Refrain from touching the extraction site with your fingers or tongue. Avoid vigorous rinsing, spitting, or using straws, as these actions can dislodge blood clots and delay healing.
  3. Apply Ice Packs: Use ice packs on the outside of your face over the extraction site for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort. Apply ice for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off.
  4. Take Prescribed Medications: Take any prescribed pain medications or antibiotics as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Follow the recommended dosage and frequency.
  5. Maintain Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth gently but avoid the extraction site for the first day. After the first 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) after meals to keep the area clean.
  6. Soft Diet: Stick to soft foods and liquids for the first few days, gradually introducing solid foods as tolerated. Avoid hard, chewy, or spicy foods that may irritate the extraction site.
  7. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after surgery, as they can interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications.
  8. Rest and Relaxation: Rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first few days following surgery. Elevate your head with pillows when lying down to reduce swelling.
  9. Watch for Complications: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as increasing pain, swelling, fever, or foul odor or taste in your mouth. Contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.
  10. Follow Up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon to monitor healing and remove sutures if necessary. Don't hesitate to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your recovery.

If you have any questions or require further assistance during your recovery, please don't hesitate to contact our office.