INSTRUCTIONS TO PATIENTS
may not start for several days and may persist for several weeks even following simple extractions. Pain may be experienced in the ears, in the throat, under the lower jaw and on the side of the head. The following procedures should give relief:
1. Take two Aspirin tablets, three Advil or Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours as needed for pain.
2. If Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen does not give relief, use the prescribed pain medication as directed.
3. If a prescription pain medication is taken you may take up to 600 mgs of Advil or Ibuprofen 2 hours after the pain pill, 2 hours after that you can take another pain pill. This will help relieve pain in-between taking your pain pills
Since the prescribed drug may cause drowsiness, do not take if you are leaving home, especially if driving a car.
4. Over exertion may cause pain. Avoid excess work or play.
SWELLING OR DISCOLORATION (black, blue, green or yellow) may occur. It is not necessarily a sign of infection and will gradually resolve. Maximum swelling may not occur until the third day.
1. An ice bag may be applied after extraction but it may not reduce swelling for the first 24 hours.
2. If heat is comfortable, use it in the form of a heating pad, moist towels or hot water bag after the first 24 hours.
EATING OR DRINKING whatever feels comfortable will not disturb healing. SMOKING may delay healing, resulting in prolonged pain. BAD ODORS OR TASTES in the mouth are not necessarily signs of infection.
BLEEDING may persist for 24 hours after extraction. You may experience bleeding approximately 2 hours after surgery once the local anesthesia has subsided. If bleeding is extensive follow these directions:
1. Rinse mouth with 10 glasses of warm water.
2. Use clean gauze wipe away clots not in tooth socket.
3. Roll up a square of gauze and place it over the bleeding area and bite down firmly on the gauze so that pressure is applied over bleeding.
4. Replace the gauze in 20 minutes, if necessary.
(Paper towels can be used if you run out of gauze)
NUMBNESS of the tongue, lip, and chin may last for days or weeks. This can be discussed at your follow-up visit.
STITCHES may have been placed. In most cases, they will dissolve in 3-5 days. It is not a problem if one falls out sooner.
ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN MEDICATION may cause reactions such as itching, skin rashes, stomach distress and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms stop taking all medication and call the doctor. Some antibiotics have been found to interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Therefore, if you are taking an antibiotic, use alternative measures.
Any problems you are experiencing should not be neglected. Please call with questions or concerns. 440-461-1157
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