After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Avoid disturbing the surgical packing on the area-- it is there to help keep the tooth exposed. Do not be alarmed if it becomes dislodged or falls out.

Follow our guidelines below to minimize the chance of complications.


  • Bleeding for up to 24 hours is common after surgery.
  • Control/minimize bleeding by applying pressure (biting) on a gauze pad placed over the area; discard and replace gauze every 30 minutes until bleeding subsides.
  • Call our office if bleeding does not cease after 48 hours.


Swelling after surgery is common; reduce inflammation by applying ice to the affected side of the face as often as possible for 36 hours after surgery.


  • Do not consume hot foods/liquids and drink plenty of fluids.
  • You may eat soft foods on the day of surgery, depending on your pain tolerance.
  • Avoid hard/sticky foods to keep from dislodging any brackets.


Take pain medicine as soon as you feel the anesthetic wearing off; follow our pain guidelines:

  • Moderate pain: 1 to 2 Extra Strength Tylenol every 3-4 hours OR 2-3 200mg Ibuprofen tablets every 3-4 hours as needed
  • Severe pain: use medication prescribed by your doctor as directed
  • Prescribed pain medication will make you groggy-- do not operate any motor vehicles/heavy machinery and avoid alcohol.
  • Pain should reduce a bit every day; if your pain does not subside, please call our office.

Oral Hygiene

  • Clean your mouth after every meal (starting the day after your surgery).
  • Brush your teeth gently and rinse with warm salt water 5-6 times per day.


  • Avoid exercise if the affected area is throbbing/bleeding.
  • Remember that your diet has been altered, so discontinue exercise should you begin to feel weak and/or lightheaded.

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