BLEEDING Following surgery in the mouth, bleeding is normal. Change cottons every 30- 45 minutes, until they are no longer soaked. If bleeding is excessive, bite on gauze soaked with strong tea (or the teabag itself) for 15-30 minutes until the bleeding subsides. It is not recommended to rinse, spit, drink with a straw or smoke the day of the surgery. All suction caused could trigger another bout of bleeding.
SWELLING Chopped ice in a zip-lock bag should be applied continually alternating every 10 minutes for the first 3-4 hours. The ice may also help alleviate the pain. Difficulty in opening your mouth wide may occur in the first few days. Do not be alarmed, it is normal.
DISCOLORATION Black, blue or yellow areas may develop around the face and neck (bruising). This is a result of bleeding into the tissue and is of little significance.
BONY EDGES After extractions, small sharp bone fragments may work their way up through the gums during healing. These are not tooth fragments nor roots. If annoying, return to the office to have them removed.
EMERGENCY Excessive bleeding or discomfort, abnormal reactions to medication (rash, itching, nausea or vomiting) warrant an emergency phone call. Use the emergency number of your doctor which has been given to you by our staff.