The treatment of extractions can be quite a painful experience. The following information is to help you learn how to improve your recovery.
Once the extractions are done, the bleeding will gradually decrease. The area of the extraction should be kept under constant pressure for at least thirty minutes to reduce the flow. The pressure can be applied by means of gauze provided by your orthodontist after you leave his office. If the bleeding starts again on removal of the gauze, apply the gauze again and bite on it for 8 to 10 minutes.
Swelling in the area of the extraction usually occurs when one bites into the anesthetized area without being aware of it. To reduce the swelling, place an ice bag on the outside of the face near the extraction area. An appointment should be made so that the swelling can be evaluated. If the area of the extraction swells rapidly, immediately call us.
Loose Space Maintainers
If you find that the fitting of the appliance is loose and it is possible to easily remove it from the mouth, take it out and put it away safely. Get the appliance re-cemented by making an appointment with us immediately.
Soreness is often experienced in the mouth after treatment. The pain can be reduced by taking Tylenol or Motrin. However, if the pain does not subsides after that, a follow up appointment should be made to evaluate the condition. In case of severe pain and soreness which is not reduced by medications, call our office for an appointment.
Swelling generally occurs when one bites on the cheek in the treatment area. However, if no teeth marks are seen on examination and the area continues to swell, make an appointment with us for a thorough examination.
Pre-Care and Post-Care Sedation
It is crucial that you avoid eating or drinking four hours before the appointment for sedation. Ensure that you follow this guideline your safety and health.
Eating After the Appointment
When you get hungry after the appointment, start off with juice or water. You can move on to soft food like yogurt or pudding. Start eating normal food gradually.
Once you get home, you are likely to sleep due to the effects of sedation. Avoid placing anything in your mouth such as gauze during sleeping.
Make sure you rest after the treatment for at least a day. Activities such as watching movies are usually recommended at this stage. Avoid running, biking, swimming, or any other vigorous activity. You are still likely to be under the affects of sedation. You can continue with normal activities after a day of rest.
Lip Biting after Treatment
Many are prone to lip biting after treatment in the anesthetized area without being aware of it. This can cause the area to become swollen and may cause pain. Give yourself a soft diet until the area no longer feels numb. Painkillers such as Tylenol or Motrin can also be given to alleviate the discomfort.