Choosing to go through a major dental procedure, like a wisdom tooth extraction or oral surgery for an impacted tooth, can be one of the most daunting decisions that you’ll have to make in your entire lifetime. Thoughts of pain, blood and that awful drill will flood your brain. And even if you manage to muster enough courage to look past those things, maybe it’s the complications of the procedure that you can’t wrap your mind around. Here are some of the things that Dr. Fleming would like for his Scottsdale, Az, patients to be prepared for in the hours after an invasive dental procedure.

Within 24 hours after the procedure:

1. Bleeding. It’s expected for bleeding to continue for a few hours after the procedure. However, if you feel the need to control the bleeding, you can always bite on a piece of cotton to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Do this for up to 45 minutes, and your wound should start to clot. You can also use a moistened tea bag for this, since the tannic acid will help accelerate clotting.

Avoid “sucking” actions such as smoking and drinking through a straw since this can open up a wound which has already started to clot, and stay away from hot beverages within this time period. If the bleeding is still profuse after doing these things, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Fleming in Scottsdale. Az.. It’s very important to make sure that you haven’t taken anticoagulant medications which you may have failed to disclose to the staff at Belmont Dental Care.

2. Swelling. Expect some swelling around the area where the tooth was removed, hours after the procedure. Try to apply a cold compress to the affected area for around ten minutes at a time in order to minimize the swelling.

3. Pain. Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel pain that ranges from mild to extreme. Dr. Mark J. Fleming will prescribe an over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If Dr. Fleming anticipates that the pain will be too great for these OTC pain medications to counteract, such as in the case of oral surgeries involving jawbones, he may have to prescribe a more potent pain reliever.

After 24 hours:

1. Swelling. You may still have to entertain some degree of swelling, but in order to minimize the swelling after the first 24 hours, you need to apply a warm compress for at least 20 minutes.

2. Stitches. If Dr. Fleming did not use a self-dissolving kind, you may need to return to his Scottsdale, Az. office after one week for the manual removal of the stitches.

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