Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone; the pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding, which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood, can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be consumed on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible, unless otherwise directed.
You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed for pain. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed.
Mouth cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth as best as you can. Rinse with warm water 6 times a day. Continue this procedure until healing is complete. REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. Exercise may cause throbbing or bleeding to occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment, which may weaken you.
Bracket and Chain
Dr. Falender most likely exposed the tooth and bonded a bracket with an attached chain to the tooth. This will be utilized by your orthodontist to move the tooth into position. Do not attempt to move or dislodge the chain or the procedure will need to be repeated.
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