The following steps will help prevent bleeding and relieve soreness:
Rest for a few hours following treatment and avoid strenuous exercise.
Some swelling is not unusual but it will reduce after 2-3 days. It may be reduced by ice or cold compresses held over the area.
- Do not rinse for at least 24 hours. For the following 2 days rinse your mouth gently after meals and before retiring using a mouthwash made by dissolving 2 teaspoon of salt in a mug of boiled water.
- Allow to cool enough so as not to burn your mouth. Hold this in your mouth for 1 minute, discard and repeat 2- 3 times.
Avoid hot fluids, alcohol, hard or chewy foods. Choose cool drinks and soft or minced foods. Avoid sucking at or interfering with the wound.
Slight bleeding or ‘oozing’ may occur during the first 24 hours. Should bleeding occur sit upright with head and shoulders raised. Apply pressure using a small pad of gauze or clean linen clamped firmly between the jaws for 15 minutes – repeat if necessary.
Painkillers as necessary.
If excessive bleeding, undue pain or other symptoms occur contact your Dental Surgeon for advice without delay.