Every dental operation depends not only on the care of the attending physician, but also on the cooperation of the patient. In dentistry, there are numerous surgical procedures, such as a tooth removal, implantation or extensive periodontal treatment. If the patient adheres to certain rules before and after the procedure, he supports the healing process and thus considerably increases the chances of successful treatment.
What you should consider before the procedure
- Have breakfast enough.
- Take all prescribed medication.
- Take your time for the appointment and keep the day off, if possible.
- Take an attendant with you if you are prone to fainting.
- Keep in mind that anesthesia can limit your ability to react. You should not sit behind the wheel or operate machinery. The anesthetic effect may last for one to six hours.
What you should consider after the procedure
- Do not touch the wound.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and hot drinks within the first 24 hours.
- When resting, raise upper body because of the risk of rebleeding.
- Take prescribed medication as instructed, eg mouthwashes, antibiotics.
- Dispense with heat applications.
- Take an analgesic if you are in pain. They usually stop after two days.
- Avoid physical exertion and stress.
- Do a thorough oral hygiene - save the wound.
- Cool the cheek area with a cold pack in a cloth wrap from the outside when swelling occurs.
- Bite firmly on the wound with a rolled-up tissue handkerchief for half an hour if bleeding occurs.