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If you are going to receive a tooth extraction in Norwalk, Connecticut, please review our post-operative instructions that are listed below. Please contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Fairfield County with any questions or concerns you have or to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, Dr. Imanuel Babayev. You can call us at 203-489-0980 .

  • There is a certain amount of bleeding that you should expect after receiving oral surgery. That is why we recommend that you maintain pressure on the surgical area by biting down on the provided gauze or roll pad immediately after your surgery until the bleeding stops. Replace the gauze as needed until the bleeding stops.
  • In order to ensure that they do not bite or chew on their tongue or lips and seriously injure your soft tissue, children must be supervised after they have had a tooth extraction.
  • Fill and take as directed any prescriptions that you have been given. If you have been prescribed any pain medications other than aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), you cannot drive, operate heavy equipment, work around machinery or tools, or engage any activities that may be unsafe while you are groggy. Your reflexes and judgement will be impaired by the medication.
  • In order to prevent infection, you may have been prescribed antibiotics. Carefully follow all instructions given in regard to medications.
  • It is common for patients to have swelling around their face, eyes and surgical sites, although it frequently does not appear until at least a day after receiving surgery. The swelling may become more prominent two or three days after the surgery. You can reduce the amount of swelling via the proper application of an ice pack. Do not apply ice directly to your skin. Ensure that some kind of barrier, like a cloth, is between the ice and your skin at all times. Apply your cold compress for up to 20 minutes on and at least 20 minutes off for the greatest effect as long as is necessary. After 36 hours have passed, a cold compress will not have any effect on swelling. At this period, applying moist heat to the sides of your face can help reduce your swelling.
  • Do not suck on a straw, brush, rinse, spit or smoke for 24 hours after your surgery. We also recommend that you avoid hot and spicy foods and carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
  • It is best to restrict your activities on the day of your surgery. Avoid excessive work or play until the following day, at which point you can resume your normal activities.
  • After the first day, you should start gently rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. Use approximately half a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water and rinse three times a day.
  • Restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods like soups, yogurt, juice and smoothies for at least the first few days after your procedure.
  • Our oral surgeon may have placed sutures during your procedure. Most of these sutures will last seven to 10 days and then dissolve. If they are successfully dissolved, then you may not need to visit our office to have them removed. We will inform you at the time of their placement if we place any sutures that need a follow-up visit for their removal.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are experiencing severe pain, excessive bleeding or swelling, please contact our office. If you are suffering from an emergency, please call us immediately. Please visit the nearest emergency room or contact 911 if the emergency is severe or life threatening.