After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Sometimes, everything goes as planned with our teeth and our oral health. Some people are lucky enough to never even experience a cavity, much less something as painful as an impacted tooth. For the rest of us, however, sometimes our teeth need a little help following nature’s course. This is often the case when it comes to impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to erupt due to improper positioning. This can create a lot of pressure and pain for patients, so it is important to treat as quickly as possible. The procedure used to expose and reposition the tooth is common and easy to undertake, so do not worry. Here are some easy care tips to help make your impacted tooth exposure aftercare a breeze!
BleedingWith any kind of oral surgery, blood is likely to be encountered. The bleeding might be especially prolific within the first hour or so after surgery. Do not panic! Take some clean gauze packs and place them directly over the affected area. Bite down firmly but gently, and do not release for 45 minutes or an hour. This kind of steady pressure is vital to controlling bleeding and helping the wound to clot, which aids in the healing process. After the first 45 minutes or so is up, you can release pressure and see if the bleeding has stopped or at least scaled down. Gently replace the gauze and repeat as needed. The bleeding should eventually taper off.
SwellingSwelling is another common side effect that persists after surgery. In order to help minimize the amount that you experience, you should begin using ice packs before it even begins to show. Apply ice to your cheek by the affected area as often as possible. Try to follow a schedule where you apply ice for 20 minutes and then leave it off for five minutes. Discontinue this when you are eating or sleeping. Try applying moist heat 36 hours after surgery to help ease any stiffness or swelling that might still be occurring.
DietStay hydrated! Avoid hot foods or drinks that can dissolve the blood clot that should be forming over your wound, and avoid the use of a straw until the wound has healed. Creating suction with your mouth can dislodge the blood clot and disturb the healing process. Eat soft foods that are easy to swallow and chew. Even though eating might be challenging for the first few days, you should try to take in as much nourishment as possible. Try protein or other nutritional shakes if you are unable to eat anything. Avoid chewing using the area of your mouth where surgery was done.
PainIt is better to stay on top of pain than it is to play catch up. Take the medication consistently as described, even if it’s just over the counter Tylenol.
Impacted teeth are no fun, but the healing process doesn’t have to be a chore! Have some rest, and call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 if you are concerned that your mouth is not healing properly.