Whether you’ve had a simple dental extraction, an impacted tooth removal or a more complex surgery, here are some tips to help you reduce pain, speed up your recovery and prevent possible postoperative complications.
Bite lightly on cotton pads placed in your mouth, maintaining a constant pressure for about 30 to 45 minutes. If you notice, after removing the compresses, that the bleeding still persists, put another (or even a wet and wrung out tea bag) and bite on it for another 45 minutes. Slight bleeding is normal after surgery. Even if your saliva is tinged with blood, do not worry. Avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting and try to keep your head higher than the rest of your body when you go to bed. This will help decrease swelling and bleeding.
After surgery, it is normal to feel uncomfortable for 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. The degree of discomfort varies from person to person and according to the type of surgery. To minimize your possible discomfort, you should take the prescribed painkillers, at least for the first day. If you do not feel the need to continue the next day, you can change to a less powerful pain reliever, but avoid as much as possible aspirin-containing medications. If antibiotics are prescribed, you should take all the tablets to fight the infection and do not miss any doses.
Do not hesitate to contact Parliament Hill Dental if you have any questions, doubts or concerns. Our team is here for you!