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After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Taking care of your oral health is necessary, but it isn’t always fun. That is especially true when it comes to oral surgery like the exposure of an impacted tooth. If you have had the procedure done, or are planning on having the procedure and would like to know what to expect, this is the page for you! Let’s take a look at what you can plan on experiencing after surgery, and for what you should be prepared.


This is perhaps a symptom that surprises many patients. When you get out of surgery, it is normal to have some bleeding! This is a common symptom. To help stem the flow of the blood, you should make sure that you have plenty of clean gauze at home. Take several pieces and either roll them up or fold them together into a square. Place this directly over your wound and carefully bite down. Make sure that you exert continuous pressure on the wound for 30 to 45 minutes. After the time is up, gently remove the gauze and reassess the situation. If you are still experiencing bleeding, repeat this procedure. Note that it might be necessary to do these steps several times. You can also moisten the gauze before placement to help ensure a comfortable fit.

Do Not Disturb the Blood Clot

One of the most important aspects of the healing process is the formation of the blood clot over your wound. Do not do anything to disturb or prevent the blood from clotting. This includes poking at the blood clot with your tongue, drinking warm beverages or eating warm food that could dissolve the clot, or using a straw that could dislodge the clot. Not only is the blood clot vital for healing, but it is also important to help decrease the amount of discomfort that you feel.

Oral Hygiene

We understand that having your impacted tooth exposed is not a fun experience, and you might not feel like even touching your mouth once you get the bleeding to stop. It is actually quite important, however, that you take the time to keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but be gentle. You can start using saltwater rinses to help keep your mouth clean, too, about 24 hours after surgery. Do not spit out the water after carefully swishing it around – instead, let it drip into the sink. Again, you do not want to disturb the wound or the blood clot.

Activities and Swelling

The first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery is completed should be spent resting either on the couch or in bed. Do not exercise or attempt any strenuous activities. Avoid lying down with your head flat as this can increase swelling. Instead, you should attempt to keep your head elevated and apply ice continuously in order to help avoid inflammation.

For more information, or to ask questions or for clarification, please give us a call today at 705-302-0357. We are happy to help in any way we can!
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