Common Post-Operative Problems

COMMON POST-OPERATIVE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ORAL SURGERY
DRY SOCKET
A dry socket simply means that your body, for some unknown reason, has not maintained the clot that normally fills the socket and protects it. Pain, where your tooth was removed, that radiates into your ear and causes an earache 2-5 days after removal of teeth usually indicates a dry socket. This condition is painful when left untreated, but periodic dressings placed by the doctor can keep you comfortable until the socket heals. The period of time and number of dressings placed vary with each patient. The fact that you have a dry socket does not change the final healed result.
SINUS OPENING
If the doctor informs you that you have a sinus opening, it means that there is presently an opening from the inside of your mouth through the tooth socket into the sinus. The following instructions have been designed to encourage healing and closure of this opening:
  • Fill the prescriptions you have been given and diligently follow the instructions on the label.
  • Avoid blowing or sucking actions such as blowing your nose or using a straw. The healing tissue between the sinus and mouth is easily disturbed by sudden pressure changes. If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open and do not pinch the nostrils shut or try to hold back a sneeze.
  • Some bleeding may occur through the nose during the first week. This is not cause for alarm.
  • You may notice during the healing period that a small amount of any liquid you drink escapes through your nose. Also, there may be a slight alteration in the character of your voice and, occasionally, a sensation of air entering the sinus. If these symptoms occur, please contact our office.
  • Smoking is irritating to the sinus and should be avoided for at least 3 days.
INFECTION
If you experience a bad taste in your mouth, notice yellow or white drainage (pus) from the tooth socket, or develop swelling in the cheek or under the jaw 1-4 weeks after surgery, please call the office, Fort Wayne Office Phone Number 260-423-2340.
BONE SEQUESTRA
Loose fragments of bone may work free from the surgical site after surgery. If this occurs, please call for an appointment.
TOOTH IMPLANTS
You may have been given a prescription for an antibacterial rinse. Use as directed along with the warm salt water rinse.
  • Proper oral hygiene is critical for a successful implant.
  • Do not brush the implant site for at least 48 hours after surgery. Avoid flossing around the implant until the permanent restoration has been placed.
  • Do not chew or put any other type of pressure on the dental implant area immediately after surgery.
EXTRACTIONS WITH IMMEDIATE DENTURES
  • Your immediate denture needs to stay in place to protect the surgical area, control bleeding and control swelling.
  • Do not remove your immediate denture from your mouth for 24 hours after your surgery. Removing your denture may allow swelling to occur. Replacing the denture may then be difficult or impossible until the swelling subsides.
  • You will usually see your dentist 24-48 hours after surgery for a post-operative denture check. Your dentist will discuss care of your mouth and your denture.