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After a Dental Surgery

Be assured that it is quite normal that your system react to such an intervention, and that complete healing takes time (a few days, and sometimes even a few weeks) Here are some important instructions in order to minimize the discomfort related to the surgery.

Day of surgery

  • Apply on the wound a firm pressure with a gauze and change it every 20 to 30 minutes as needed.
  • If the bleeding persists, bite on a tea bag (e.g. Lipton, Red Rose, etc.) moistened with water for 20 to 30 minutes. The tea contains a natural astringent!
  • If there is swelling, apply an ice bag extra-orally (on the face) next to the extraction site for 20 minutes every hour.
  • Do not rinse the mouth, nor spit, in order to avoid dislodging the blood clot.
  • Avoid drinking with a straw, otherwise it will cause a negative pressure that will bother the clot.
  • Do not smoke (at least 12 hours following the intervention), otherwise, you increase the risk of having alveolitis = delayed healing accompanied by pain.
  • Avoid alcohol which is irritating to the wound.
  • Do not brush the area of intervention.
  • Avoid hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, etc.) and hard food (e.g. walnuts, chips, steak, etc.), and also hot, spicy and acid food. Choose a nutritional soft diet (e.g. pasta, eggs, cooked vegetables, yogurt, pudding, etc.)
  • Avoid intense physical activities, the rest helps and accelerates the healing.
  • Take the painkiller as prescribed by your dentist. This has been deemed necessary depending on the intervention and takes account of your health condition.
  • Other medications can be prescribed, take them according to the recommendation of your dentist.

The following day until complete healing

  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and salt (1 tsp salt in 1 cup of water).
  • Gradually return to your normal diet.
  • Try Again to brush the procedure site gently, this allows you to clean the wound and promote a more efficient healing.
  • You may have difficulties opening the mouth. It should be back to normal after a few days.
  • "Bruises"= bluish skins spots may occasionally appear on the skin of the face. They will disappear in about a week.
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