After Impacted Tooth Exposure

Post-Op Instructions

Home Instructions After

Impacted Tooth Exposure

Post-exposure of an impacted tooth, it is crucial to avoid tampering with the wound. In case surgical packing has been positioned, it is important to let it remain undisturbed as it plays a vital role in maintaining the tooth’s exposure. If you notice that the packing has become dislodged or has fallen out, there is no need for alarm; however, please make sure to reach out to our office promptly to receive further guidance.


It’s common to experience a bit of bleeding or notice a red tint in your saliva for the first 24 hours following the procedure. However, if you encounter excessive bleeding, where your mouth is quickly filling up with blood, you can manage it by biting down on a gauze pad that’s been placed directly on the bleeding site for 30 minutes. In the event that the bleeding doesn’t subside and continues to be heavy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for additional instructions.


Swelling is a typical response following surgery. To help reduce swelling, you can apply an ice bag, or alternatively, use a plastic bag or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of the surgery. Aim to apply the ice as consistently as possible throughout the initial 48 hours post-surgery.


Make sure to stay well-hydrated by drinking a sufficient amount of fluids. It is recommended to avoid consuming hot liquids or foods. On the day of the surgery, prioritize eating soft foods and drinking liquids. You may resume your regular diet as soon as you feel comfortable, unless advised otherwise.


Start taking pain medication once you notice the local anesthetic is losing its effect. For pain that is moderate in intensity, you can take one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol every 3-4 hours. If you prefer, Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) can be used as an alternative to Tylenol. Over-the-counter Ibuprofen is available in 200 mg tablets, with a suggested dosage of 2-3 tablets every four hours, ensuring that you do not exceed 3200mg per day if you are an adult. Please consult our practice for appropriate dosages for individuals under 18 years of age.

In cases of severe pain, follow the directions for the prescribed medication. Do not take any of the medications mentioned if you are allergic to them or if your doctor has advised against their use. Refrain from driving or operating machinery, and avoid alcoholic beverages while taking these medications.

Pain or discomfort should gradually decrease each day following the surgery. However, if the pain continues or worsens, it may need professional attention, and we advise you to contact the office.

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining oral cleanliness is vital for optimal healing. Start cleaning your mouth thoroughly after every meal starting from the day after your surgery. Brush your teeth in the usual manner if it's possible. Additionally, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (mixing 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) five times daily. Persist with this cleaning routine until the healing process is fully complete.

Keep in mind: A wound that is kept clean is more likely to heal efficiently and swiftly.


After your surgery, it is crucial to limit physical activities. Engaging in exercise could result in throbbing sensations or bleeding. If you experience these symptoms, it is important to stop exercising immediately. Also, take into consideration that your usual intake of food might be decreased, which could lead to weakness, particularly during physical activities. Should you feel light-headed at any point, ensure that you halt your exercise routine straight away.
If you experience heavy bleeding, intense pain, any adverse reactions to the medication, or if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Beltran Periodontics immediately. We are here to assist you and address any concerns you may have.