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Donald Pomeranz and Associates | Dr. Gray Surgery Instructions in St. Thomas

Donald Pomeranz and Associates

Dr. Donald Pomeranz and Dr. Whitney Gray

(340) 775-1826

Dr. Gray Surgery Instructions
 

 

Dr. Pomeranz & Dr. Gray
(340) 775-1826
www.drdonaldpomeranz.com
Dental Extraction:  Post operative instructions per Dr. Gray: 
Extraction of a tooth is a surgical procedure.  As with all surgical procedures, discomfort will be present following the 
extraction.  Adhering to the following instructions will make your recovery as pain-free as possible.
1.  Do not smoke, spit, or suck on a straw for the first 3-5 days following the extraction.
2. Bite down on the provided gauze to control bleeding after the extraction.  Pressure should be applied, and gauze 
changed every 30 minutes until bleeding stops.  Continued oozing is normal for 24 hours post extraction.  Wrapping a 
damp tea bag in gauze and biting on it will help slow the bleeding if needed.
3. Take 600mg of ibuprofen (Motrin) every 4-6 hours immediately following the extraction, before the onset of pain.
4.  To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag to the face near the extraction site for 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.  
5. Avoid food with small seeds or particles, such as nuts. 
6. Leave the area alone.  Do not swish vigorously, or do anything to disturb the extraction site.  After 24 hours, you may 
7. Do NOT miss a meal.  Eat soft foods, taking care not to chew near the extraction site.
8. Eating properly and getting lots of rest are the most important things you can do to ensure a quick recovery.
9. Small bone fragments may work their way through the gums while healing.  These are not tooth fragments, and will 
often go away on their own.  If they do not, call to make an appointment.
Antibiotics:  If your doctor feels antibiotics are necessary, you will be given a prescription.
a. If you are allergic to penicillin, do NOT take Amoxicillin. 
b. Finish the entire bottle.  Do not stop taking them once pain subsides.
c. Certain antibiotics may interfere with birth control medication.
Pain Medication:  If your doctor feels pain medication is necessary, you will be given a prescription.
a.  Do not take pain medication with Tylenol (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol).
b.  Do not take more than the recommended dosage.
c.  Do not drive, drink alcohol, operate heavy machinery, or cook over an open flame.
d.  Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.
Sutures (Stitches):  If placed, will dissolve on their own in 3-5 days (unless your doctor specifies otherwise).  If they feel loose 
or have become dislodged after that time, you may remove them gently.
Dry Socket:  Is an infection which sometimes appears in the 3rd-5th day following an extraction.  It is caused by the loss of the
protective blood clot in the extraction socket (via spitting, sucking through a straw, smoking, or vigorous rinsing).  It is 
characterized by dull, warm, throbbing, radiating pain.  Please see your dentist if this develops.
-Do not hesitate to call if complications arise!  (340) 775-1826.

Dr. Pomeranz & Dr. Gray
(340) 775-1826
www.drdonaldpomeranz.com

Dental Extraction:  Post operative instructions per Dr. Gray: 

Extraction of a tooth is a surgical procedure.  As with all surgical procedures, discomfort will be present following the 
extraction.  Adhering to the following instructions will make your recovery as pain-free as possible.

1.  Do not smoke, spit, or suck on a straw for the first 3-5 days following the extraction.
2. Bite down on the provided gauze to control bleeding after the extraction.  Pressure should be applied, and gauze 
changed every 30 minutes until bleeding stops.  Continued oozing is normal for 24 hours post extraction.  Wrapping a 
damp tea bag in gauze and biting on it will help slow the bleeding if needed.
3. Take 600mg of ibuprofen (Motrin) every 4-6 hours immediately following the extraction, before the onset of pain.
4.  To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag to the face near the extraction site for 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.  
5. Avoid food with small seeds or particles, such as nuts. 
6. Leave the area alone.  Do not swish vigorously, or do anything to disturb the extraction site.  After 24 hours, you may 
7. Do NOT miss a meal.  Eat soft foods, taking care not to chew near the extraction site.
8. Eating properly and getting lots of rest are the most important things you can do to ensure a quick recovery.
9. Small bone fragments may work their way through the gums while healing.  These are not tooth fragments, and will 
often go away on their own.  If they do not, call to make an appointment.

Antibiotics:  If your doctor feels antibiotics are necessary, you will be given a prescription.
a. If you are allergic to penicillin, do NOT take Amoxicillin. 
b. Finish the entire bottle.  Do not stop taking them once pain subsides.
c. Certain antibiotics may interfere with birth control medication.

Pain Medication:  If your doctor feels pain medication is necessary, you will be given a prescription.
a.  Do not take pain medication with Tylenol (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol).
b.  Do not take more than the recommended dosage.
c.  Do not drive, drink alcohol, operate heavy machinery, or cook over an open flame.
d.  Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.

Sutures (Stitches):  If placed, will dissolve on their own in 3-5 days (unless your doctor specifies otherwise).  If they feel loose 
or have become dislodged after that time, you may remove them gently.

Dry Socket:  Is an infection which sometimes appears in the 3rd-5th day following an extraction.  It is caused by the loss of the
protective blood clot in the extraction socket (via spitting, sucking through a straw, smoking, or vigorous rinsing).  It is 
characterized by dull, warm, throbbing, radiating pain.  Please see your dentist if this develops.
-Do not hesitate to call if complications arise!  (340) 775-1826.

(340) 775-1826

 

 
 
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