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Tips for Recovering after an Impacted Tooth Exposure Procedure
Posted on 1/25/2016 by Renee Bancroft
If a tooth doesn't emerge up through the gums as planned, it is often referred to as an impacted tooth. This often occurs with the canines, and it is crucial to treat these teeth right away in order to prevent infection, cyst formation, and improper eruption of the nearby teeth.
In many cases, surgical exposure is needed in order to encourage the teeth to move into their proper position, and if you'll be having one of these procedures completed in the near future, there are a few tips that can help you to recover as quickly as possible:
Bleeding. It is common to experience some bleeding for the first 24 hours following your procedure, but you should deal with this by placing gauze onto the wound and biting down. Hold this for 30 minutes.
Swelling. Some swelling is perfectly normal after your surgery, and you can use an ice bag applied to the cheek for the first 36 hours following your procedure.
Pain. Once you begin to feel the anesthetic start to wear off, you should start taking your pain medication. Your surgeon may give you a prescription, but for most patients, medications like ibuprofen or Extra Strength Tylenol work just fine when it comes to managing these symptoms.
Nutrition. Be sure to drink plenty of water after your procedure, and only eat soft foods on the day of your surgery.
Dental hygiene. Proper healing will only be possible with a clean mouth, so make sure that you are brushing and flossing the best that you can. Rinsing with a warm salt water solution may also be beneficial.
Physical activity. The day of your surgery, plan to take it easy. Avoid exercise until you feel up to it.
If you have additional questions about your recovery, or if you experience something that is out of the norm, don't hesitate to contact our office.
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