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Extraction Instructions – Sandy Springs Oral Surgeon

Extraction Instructions

after-effects of oral surgery

Sometimes the after-effects of oral surgery are quite minimal. Therefore, all of these instructions may not apply to you.

Post-Operative Instructions
***Please read all of these instructions carefully***


First hour: Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgical areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first hour unless the bleeding is not controlled. If active bleeding persists, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30 minutes. The gauze may then be changed as necessary (typically every 30 to 45 minutes). It is best to, moisten the gauze with tap water and loosely fluff for more comfortable positioning. AVOID SPITTING FOR THE NEXT 72 HOURS!


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Bleeding should never be severe. If so, it usually means that the packs are being clenched between the teeth only and are not exerting pressure on the surgical areas. Try repositioning the packs. If bleeding persists or becomes heavy you may substitute the gauze for a tea bag (soak tea bag in warm water, squeeze until tea bag is damp and apply tea bag to the surgical site) bite firmly for 30 minutes.

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smooth and pleasant Recovery

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have any questions or concerns about you progress, please feel free to call our office.

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