Surgical Instructions – Other Complications
Nausea is common with the use of narcotic pain medication. If you have nausea discontinue any narcotics. Regular use of ibuprofen will decrease the need for narcotics and the likelihood of nausea.
Slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, notify the office. Tylenol or ibuprofen should be taken to reduce the fever.
Bone spicules or splinters may work their way through the gums after the surgery. This is not unusual. Call the office if this occurs.
Severe throbbing pain at the surgical site and even pain to the ear, first occurring a few days following surgery could represent a “dry socket”. Call the office if this occurs.
There will be a cavity where the tooth was removed. The cavity will fill in with the new tissue gradually over the next month. In the mean time, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with salt water rinses or a toothbrush.
Swelling of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event which will resolve in time.