Exposure of an impacted tooth: Expert advice from Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN surgeons
Sometimes teeth “get stuck,” staying lodged in bone or under soft tissue rather than emerging normally. A surgical procedure for exposure of an impacted tooth helps you keep natural dentition intact and improves smile appeal. Dr. Stevenson, Dr. Fairchild, and Dr. Surber share these tips so patients in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN can enjoy speedy recovery.
Caring for exposure of an impacted tooth in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
This procedure is typically handled on-site at one of our fully-equipped surgical suites. Our surgeons and team are highly-trained and experienced in seeing to your wellbeing throughout the visit.
Once you return home, please continue care with these easy steps:
- Do not disturb! If there is surgical packing around the wound, leave it in place. It may fall out or become dislodged. Don’t panic – just call our office for instructions.
- Beware of bleeding. Expect some redness in saliva for the first 12 hours, but bleeding should not be excessive. Initial flow is controlled by biting gently for about 30 minutes on a sterile gauze pad. Call our office if bleeding does not subside with this treatment.
- Take it easy. Aggressive physical activity can trigger bleeding, so relax for a day or two.
- Some swelling is okay. It is the body’s natural response to trauma. We recommend applying an ice pack on the cheek as much as possible during the first 36 hours after your procedure.
- Eat and drink with caution. You will need plenty of liquids but avoid hot beverages. Plan for a soft food diet the day of surgery, then resume normal eating as soon as possible. Avoid hard foods for a few days, though.
- Keep discomfort under control. Begin over-the-counter analgesics as directed by the surgeon, as soon as local numbing starts to wear off. If pain medication is prescribed, please take it only as directed, do not consume alcohol, and do not drive or operate machinery. Discomfort generally lessens each day.
- Keep it clean. A clean wound heals more efficiently. Beginning the day after your procedure, brush after each meal and floss before bedtime. Use a warm salt water rinse six times each day until healing is complete.
We will explain the procedure thoroughly and answer your questions during an initial consultation. Call (219) 307-4382