After Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

Home Instructions After Impacted Tooth Exposure

After Impacted tooth exposure, do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The packing helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed but please contact our office for instructions.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding that rapidly fills your mouth with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the site for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call our office for further instructions (928) 773-2530.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling apply an ice bag or a plastic bag filled with ice cubes, wrapped in a towel,on your face near the area of surgery. Apply the ice as much as possible for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, for the first 36 hours. Be careful of over-icing as it can burn your skin.


Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid hot liquids or hard foods. Only consume soft food and liquids on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.


You should begin taking pain medication before you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every 3-4 hours according to the directions on the package. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol according to the directions on the package. Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200 mg tablets: 2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, not to exceed 3200 mg daily for an adult. Consult our practice for individuals under 18. 

For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, you may call our office at (928) 773-2530.

Oral Hygiene

Oral cleanliness is essential to good healing. Clean your mouth thoroughly after each meal, beginning the day after surgery. Brush your teeth normally if possible. Rinse with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) six times a day and after meals. Continue this procedure until healing is complete.


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