1313 Lyndon Lane, Suite 214, Louisville, KY 40222, (502) 425-2442

Pre-Operative Instructions

For local anesthesia - Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed just prior to your appointment.

For general anesthesia - (Going to sleep)

  • A responsible adult should be available to stay with you and drive you home after the surgery
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Cleanse your mouth and teeth prior to your appointment

Post-Operative Instructions

Bleeding - Place gauze pads over the extraction sites and bite firmly for an hour, repeating as necessary. Rest quietly with your head elevated until bleeding stops.

Swelling - Swelling is a normal part of the healing process and should start to subside after the second day. Using ice over the area of surgery for the first day will help to reduce the amount of swelling.

Pain - Pain may be most severe the first day and then should diminish each day thereafter. Renewed pain or swelling after 3 or 4 days severe enough to interrupt sleep, may indicate a healing problem. Call the office so you can be seen as soon as possible.

Diet - Soft foods and liquids are best the day of the surgery. Gradually resume your normal diet as soon as you are able to.

Brushing and rinsing - Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush and rinse with mouthwash beginning the day following the surgery. Do not rinse or spit the day of surgery, as this may cause continued bleeding.

Medications - Take all of your prescribed medications as directed. Continue to take those medicines you were taking prior to your surgery.

Activity - Plan to rest the day of surgery and the following day to allow for proper healing. If you received a general anesthetic, do not drive a car or return to work or school the day of your surgery.