Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The packing helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed but please contact our office for instructions.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding that rapidly fills your mouth 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 filled with ice cubes on your cheek near the area of surgery rotating it every 30 minutes being careful not to freeze the skin. Apply the ice as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. A soft diet is recommended for the first few days. Foods should generally be in the consistency of mashed potatoes, smoothies, pudding, ice cream or apple sauce. You may advance your diet as tolerated.


Your pain medication regimen will be discussed with you by your surgeon.

Oral Hygiene

Oral cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal, beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth normally if possible. Rinse with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) after each meal and prior to bed time. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.

REMEMBER: A clean wound heals better and faster.