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Advice Following Oral Surgery

As with any operation, some pain and discomfort is to be expected following surgery in your mouth and your dentist will advise you which pain killers are best for you. It is common after some procedures to get some swelling, and possibly bruising, which will take a few days to get better. You can help yourself get better by following the instructions below.

You must relax and refrain from smoking or drinking for at least three days.

If you have had a local anaesthetic, be careful not to bite yourself while the area is numb.

Avoid very hot food or drink for the remainder of the day.

If mild bleeding occurs, roll up a cotton handkerchief, wet it, and bite firmly to apply pressure to the area for 30 minutes. If more persistent bleeding occurs contact the practice. If this occurs outside practice hours please call 0845 603 1435.

Use hot salt mouthwashes (approximately one cup of water as warm as a cup of tea with a level teaspoon of salt dissolved). Take a mouthful of the salt water and hold it over the sore part. Keep it there for half a minute. Do not rinse. Start on the day after the extraction and repeat 3 to 4 times a day after meals for the next few days.

For pain relief use ibuprofen. Take two 200mg tablets (400mg) after food, three times daily.

Please do not take these if you suffer from asthma or stomach ulcer Do not take ibuprofen on an empty stomach.

If necessary, in severe pain, you may take two 500mg paracetamol tablets in between the ibuprofen tablets. This would mean you are taking pain relief approximately every three hours.

Do not exceed the maximum stated dose.

Smoking or failure to keep your mouth clean can result in severe infections after your procedure which, in some cases, may lead to admission to hospital and further surgery. Do not smoke for at least three days following surgery.

Stitches, if placed, will need to be removed 7-10 days following surgery.

Please contact the practice on 0121 777 1537 if you have any concerns during normal working hours.