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Mid-Hudson Oral and Maxillofacia Practice, PC | Postoperative Instuctions in Kingston

                  Mid-Hudson Oral and Maxillofacial, PC

117 Marys Avenue | Suite # 104 | Kingston, NY 12401    


                                                                                             (845) 340-1962

Postoperative Instuctions


By definition wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and, most appropriately,  should be performed by a trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Using an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for this type of surgery will most likely reduce the risks of post-operative complications. Furthermore, if complications should arise the oral and axillofacial surgeon is best equipt to deal with these situations.Most patients willexperience discomfort such as pain, nausea, swelling, and difficulty eating following theprocedure. These symptoms generally last up to 72 hours. The following information is provided to assist your recovery and maintain comfort after the third molar surgery.



The doctor will have you bite on cotton gauze to put pressure on the extraction site.You should continue to bite on the gauze for 2 hours. It

is common to have some bleeding for 1 to 2 days after the operation. Wheneveryou brush your teeth, rinse your mouth or spit, there may be some pink discoloration of your saliva. This is perfectly normal and you should not be overly concerned. If you examine the wound and there is heavy bleeding directly at the extraction site, you should contact our office so that we can evaluate whether this is a problem. Most bleeding is controlled by applying direct pressure on the wound.



It is not uncommon for people to have nausea and vomiting after being sedated orput to sleep for a surgical procedure. It is not common to vomit after theoperation. The most common cause of postoperative nausea and vomiting istaking pain medicine on an empty stomach. If you are vomiting more than 24hours after the operation and have not been able to keep fluids down, you should

contact our office. It may be necessary to give additional fluids intravenously toprevent dehydration.


Our doctor recommends starting with clear liquids such as, clear broth or non-citrus juices, as they are easy to swallow and less likely to cause nausea or vomiting. Once you are able to keep fluids down without vomiting, you may advance your diet as tolerated.


Every time you eat, you should rinse your mouth out with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm tap water) to keep the extraction sites as clean as possible and decrease the risk of infection. Vigorous rinsing should be avoided for a period of 48 hours. In some cases, we may prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse (Peridex Rinse). If prescribed, you should rinse

your mouth twice a day (morning and evening) for 60 seconds with one tablespoon(capful)  of mouth rinse and spit it out.


When you return home following the procedure, try to rest with your head elevatedon 2-3 pillows. An ice pack applied to the face near the area ofthe extraction sites helps to reduce swelling. Keep packs applied to the face and your head elevated as much as possible for the first two days after the operation.




Dr. Hilmi will use a long-acting anesthetic that should keep your mouth numb for 4 to 6 hours after the operation. When the local anesthetic subsides, it is usual to have pain and discomfort. Take the medications that where prescribed to you during your consultation visit. Do not take pain medicine on an empty stomach.


SUTURES (Stitches)

If you required sutures, they are most likely dissolving sutures. You should expect them to become loose and fall out between 3 and 10 days after the oral surgery as the extraction site heals.


Post-Surgical Appointment

Our Practice recommends most patients for follow-up visits 5 to 10 days after oral surgery procedures. The vast majority of complications following  surgical extraction of impacted teeth occur within this time period. Your follow-up appointments are an important part of the surgical management of your impacted teeth, and help to ensure your comfort and proper recovery.


 It is strongly recommended that patients avoid the use of alcoholic beverages and smoking before and after surgery.


If you have any questions or concerns kindly contact our office at 845-340-1962.

Kingston Oral Surgeon | Postoperative Instuctions. Matthew Hilmi is a Kingston Oral Surgeon.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons treat a lot more than  wisdom teeth.