Please wear loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves, low-heeled shoes, and no higher than ankle-height socks. No contact lenses, jewelry, excessive makeup or lipstick, and no nail polish or product on either index finger. Dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
A responsible adult must accompany you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and be able to drive you home.
You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
If you have a morning appointment, you may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for 6 hours prior to the appointment. If you have an afternoon appointment, you may have a light breakfast before 7 AM — absolutely nothing else.
The removal of impacted wisdom teeth and surgical extraction of teeth is quite different from the extraction of erupted teeth. The following conditions may occur, all of which are considered normal:
- The surgical area will swell.
- Swelling peaks on the second or third post-operative day.
- Trismus (stiffness) of the muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days.
- You may have a slight earache.
- A sore throat may develop.
- Your other teeth may ache temporarily. This is called referred pain, and it is a temporary condition.
- If the corners of the mouth are stretched out, they may dry and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with cream or ointment.
- There will be a space where the tooth was removed. After 24 hours, this area should be rinsed with warm salt water following meals until it is healed. This cavity will gradually fill in with new tissue.
- There may be a slight elevation of temperature for 24–48 hours. If the temperature continues, notify us.
- It is not unusual to develop bruising in the area of an extraction.
- Please take all prescriptions as directed.
- Women, please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.