INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD DAYSMOUTH RINSES:
Avoid rinsing during the first 24 hours. Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Use 1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least two or three times daily.DO NOT USE MOUTHWASHES or HARSH CHEMICALS
(Scope, Listerine, Bleaching agents, Anbesol) for the initial healing period.BRUSHING:
Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after surgery. Soreness and swelling may not permit vigorous brushing, but please make every effort to clean your teeth within the bounds of your comfort.HEALING:
Normal healing after tooth extraction should be as follows: The first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling. On the third day you should be more comfortable and, although still swollen, can usually begin a more substantial diet. The remainder of the post-operative course should be a gradual, steady improvement.
If you don’t see continued improvement, please call our office. During the initial healing period, avoid heavy exercise as it may lead to increased pain.
It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office. Dr. Harris is available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Calling during office hours will afford a faster response to your question or concern.
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