edication only as directed ntist tist has prescribed o control pain and on, or to prevent se it only as medication prescribed does not rk for you, don’t take more pills m more often than directed ntist. d pain are normal after emoved ce swelling and pain: g a cold compress to your face, ack or a cold, moist cloth t may give you specific s on how long and how e a cold compress entist right away if you these issues ea, or vomiting severe pain, swelling, or ets worse with time instead t reach your dentist, go to ergency room. u Eating and drinking Day of procedure: Drink lots of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages. Do not use a straw, as this can disturb the blood clot. Day after procedure: Begin eating solid foods the next day or as soon as you can chew comfortably. For the first few days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site. When it feels comfortable, you should resume chewing on both sides of your mouth. u Other things you should know Avoid alcoholic beverages or mouthwash that has alcohol in it for 24 hours. Limit physical activity like exercise or lifting heavy objects for 24 hours after the extraction. This will reduce bleeding and help the blood clot to form. If you do get a dry socket, report it to your dentist right away. A dressing may be placed in the socket to protect it until the socket heals and to reduce any pain. Do not disturb the blood clot that forms in the tooth socket! The blood clot that forms in the tooth socket is an important part of the normal healing process. You should avoid doing things that might disturb the clot. If the blood clot is disturbed and breaks down, you can get a dry socket. Dry sockets can be extremely painful. To lower your risk of a dry socket, be very careful to not do anything that can disturb the clot. For the first 24 hours, do not suck, spit, slurp, or any other action that creates suction in your mouth and puts pressure on your blood clot. This means: Do not drink through a straw Do not smoke (smoking can also prevent your gums from healing properly) Do not suck on candy, popsicles, lollipops, etc. Do not slurp up soups or other liquids Do not rinse your mouth with too much force TALK TO YOUR DENTIST BEST SELLER Tooth Extraction: Post-Operative Instructions Every extraction patient should have this handy brochure. Provides general guidelines and post-operative instructions for wisdom tooth extractions Gives tips to promote healing, prevent complications and make the experience more comfortable Covers what abnormalities to watch for LANGUAGES AVAILABLE W119 English, 8 panels, 50 per pack W243 Spanish W310 Chinese PERSONALIZE IT! DAB008 Your Wisdom Teeth This practical brochure explains what wisdom teeth are and details reasons they might need to be removed. Lists potential problems caused by wisdom teeth—reinforced by x-rays of horizontal and angular impaction Addresses pain management, suggesting acetaminophen and ibuprofen instead of prescription medication Describes what to expect before and after surgery W127 6 panels, 50 per pack PERSONALIZE IT! DAB010 PATIENT EDUCATION RESTORATIVE TREATMENT | EXTRACTIONS ORDER ONLINE: ADACATALOG.ORG 75
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