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Aftercare

What to expect : Pain, bruising, swelling, and blood stained saliva.

The gauze packing in mouth may be removed after you get home and sit down. If bleeding persists, replace the gauze packs by folding a piece of gauze into a small roll and placing it over the extraction site, biting down firmly for 30-40 minutes. Some bleeding is expected for the first 24-36 hours after surgery. If bleeding persists or is excessive, clean out any large blood clots which have collected beyond the surgical site with moist gauze or cloth, then place a moistened teabag for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues after this, contact the surgery or Mr Yesudian on his mobile phone.

Do not spit or use a straw or rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. If there is something in your mouth like bloody saliva, don't spit it out but "drool" it out into a basin or sink for the first 24 hours. The day following surgery begin warm saltwater rinses 2-3 times a day (use only 1/4 teaspoon salt per glass of warm water). continue the saltwater rinses for at least 5 days.

Since anesthetics and pain tablets make most people unsteady or dizzy, patients should be careful when getting up and moving about.

A reasonable diet must be maintained -- even on the day of surgery. Try yogurt, pasta, fish, eggs, mashed or baked potatoes, cooked soft vegetables, soft meat, stews, soups or milkshakes. Patients should avoid hot liquids for 12 hours after surgery. Lukewarm foods and liquids are OK.

It is possible that a few days after surgery a severe earache and throbbing of the side of the jaw may develop. This condition is probably irritation of the bone in one of the sockets and delayed bony healing.

Most stitches will dissolve within a couple of weeks.