Pre-operative instructions for patients undergoing oral surgery.
- You can not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours before the appointment.
- An adult must take you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and be able to drive you home.
- You should not drive or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia.
Please wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow. Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed before surgery.
The removal of impacted wisdom teeth and surgical extraction of teeth is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
- The surgical site will swell up.
- Swelling is it’s worst on the 2nd or 3rd day following surgery.
- Stiffness of the muscles may cause difficulty opening your mouth for a few days.
- You may have an earache.
- A sore throat may happen.
- Your other teeth may ache, this is temporary.
- If the corners of the mouth had to be stretched out, they may dry and crack. Constant application of chapstick or moisturizer will help.
- In the space left behind after tooth extractions rinse following meals with warm salt water until it is healed.
- There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24 to 48 hours. If temperature continues, notify us.
- It is common to develop bruising in the area of an extraction.