Extraction Aftercare: The second 24 hours and beyond. / Managing postoperative complications.
You'll need two sets of post-op instructions.
Separate from the aftercare instructions you're given for the first 24 hours after your extraction, your dentist will also provide you with a second set that outlines steps to take during the time period that lies beyond this initial period. (That's the topic of this page.)
It's important that you comply with both sets of directions. Doing so will go a long way toward minimizing your potential for postoperative complications.
Aftercare - 24 hours after your oral surgery, and beyond.
A) Basic aftercare.
For most extractions, the only care that's needed is just maintaining the extraction site in a manner that helps to promote its healing. (Extraction Healing timeline.) This includes:
- Favoring the wound so it isn't traumatized.
- Keeping the extraction site clean.
- If needed, irrigating the socket (per your dentist's instructions).
- If needed, having stitches removed at the proper time.
B) Managing post-extraction complications.
The other postoperative care that's needed is managing any complications that develop. This would include issues such as:
Make sure the instructions you follow are right for you.
Before following the aftercare directions found on this page, you should discuss them with your dentist. They may find reason to revise, add to, or delete from these generalized instructions, depending on your specific needs.