Minor Oral Surgery Instructions
At your consultation, one of our doctors will talk to you about any preparation needed before your procedure under a local anaesthetic. This usually relates to medication you may need to cease before undergoing treatment.
After Minor Oral Surgery
- In the event that you go home with gauze packs in the mouth, these are to be removed 1 hour after surgery. Ice packs may be applied to the cheeks to help decrease pain and swelling (packet of frozen peas may be substituted).
- Swelling is quite a normal response and usually reaches its peak 24-48 hours following surgery. It often varies from one side of the face to the other, depending on the degree of difficulty of surgery. The swelling will gradually decrease after 4-5 days.
- Bruising may occur as the swelling starts to subside and is again not unusual.
- Bleeding occurs after oral surgery and responds well to direct pressure. If bleeding occurs, use a rolled up handkerchief to apply direct firm pressure to the bleeding site for one hour. If bleeding persists, please contact the MIC office.
- Discomfort always occurs with varying intensity. Initially it is important to take the pain killers regularly. The discomfort should decrease significantly after 2-3 days, with a decrease in the need for pain killers. There may be limitation in mouth opening. This is normal and will pass as the swelling subsides.
- If nausea and/or vomiting occurs following oral surgery, it may relate to medication or swallowed blood. It is wise to have plenty of clear fluids for the first 12 hours. If nausea is a problem, use a bicarbonate elixir, eg. DEXSAL. If vomiting persists, please contact the MIC as it may relate to the pain killers.
- Infection is uncommon following removal of wisdom teeth and, if it does occur, it will show itself by a late increase (3-4 days) in swelling, and/or discomfort or the onset of a discharge. Occasionally antibiotics will have already been prescribed post operatively to prevent infection. It is important to finish the course, even if there are no problems.
- Dissolving sutures will be used in almost all cases. These will fall out or dissolve in approximately 7-10 days following surgery.
- With regards to oral hygiene, DO NOT RINSE YOUR MOUTH UNTIL THE NEXT DAY after surgery. Rinsing in the early stages will cause bleeding. Rinsing with a mouthwash is suggested (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water is recommended) and this should be done after food intake. Tooth brushing should be recommenced as soon as possible.
- Your diet may need to be restricted to fluids and soft foods initially. A gradual return to a normal diet is recommended.
- It is advisable that you refrain from smoking for at least 3 days after the surgery as this increases the risk of infection.
- If problems arise, don’t contact your own dentist or doctor. Phone the MIC Office on 5437 9888.
- Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner