Surgical Instructions – After Impacted Tooth
After An Impacted Tooth Is Removed
A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch and growth becomes impossible. After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you.
You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing. Avoid hot foods and liquids and eat only soft foods for the first day or two after the surgery.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Rinse gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) several times per day. Brush your teeth as well as you can without disturbing the healing wound.
If you are prescribed antibiotics for an infection, take them as prescribed with food. Rest as much as you can and avoid any strenuous exercise or activities.
Keep in mind that even though you may return to your regular daily activities within a few days, It will take up to six weeks for your mouth to completely heal after an impacted tooth is extracted.
For more information, please see our page on Extractions.