After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth in San Diego & El Cajon

Do not disturb the wound after your impacted tooth surgery. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. It will usually peak at approximately 48-72 hours and resolve 7-10 days following surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag over the affected area for the first 24-28 hours following surgery. Apply to the affected area for 20 minutes and remove for 20 minutes; repeat as necessary. Elevate your head with 2-3 pillows. This will help minimize swelling, bleeding and discomfort.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


Ibuprofen (includes Motrin or Advil) may be recommended by your doctor to help control your discomfort. A stronger pain medication may also be prescribed for severe discomfort. If the prescribed pain medication makes you feel nauseated, discontinue and subsitiute with Tylenol.

Oral Hygiene

Continue to floss your teeth and brush thouroughly at least twice a day with a soft bristled brush so that you do not injure the tissues in your mouth. Following extraction, clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket very gently for two days, carefully avoiding the surgical area.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.