Instruction and after care following your Dental Surgery appointment

The information provided here is general information in which some parts may not apply in your case. This information is not replacing the specific information provided to you prior, during and after your dental procedure.

  • Due to dental anesthetic so called numbing or freezing, please do not eat food or drink hot beverages until your sensation is completely back to normal, on average for 2-3 hours. Only cold liquids such as water, milk, shake, ice coffee and yogurt are allowed during this period. This is to avoid chewing or burning your lip, cheek or tongue while you still feel the numbness.
  • Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel around the area of surgery from outside for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. Do this for 1-2 hours if possible. This will reduce swelling and cause less pain.
  • No brushing, rinsing, spitting, or using a straw until the next day following surgery/extraction. You may drink room temperature liquids using a normal cup.
  • Do not take Aspirin products – They are blood thinners and will induce bleeding. In case of pain, please use Advil or Tylenol only
  • No physical activities or exercise for 48 hours. Please rest.
  • Bite on gauze for one hour to stop bleeding. Remove and check site. If still bleeding, repeat it with extra gauzes provided.
  • High temperature or hot and spicy foods and drinks should be avoided for the first 48 hours. Any cold foods or drinks such as milk, yogurt and shakes are good.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 48 hours. Use of alcohol until you finish antibiotics, if prescribed, is prohibited.
  • Starting on the next day, you can brush your teeth normally but do not brush surgical site. To keep the surgical site clean, starting the next day, rinse every couple of hours with salty water. ( Normal Saline 9 grams in one liter)

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