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Modern Smiles | Surgical Instructions in Pocatello

Surgical Instructions




Modern Smiles
1800 Flandro Dr. Suite 340

208 238 1900   www.idahosmilemaker.com

Dr. Chris A. Satchwell



Biting on the gauze will probably be necessary at least for the first few hours to control the bleeding. Change them every 15 minutes, some oozing could last up to 24 hours. Do not engage in physical activity since this stimulates bleeding. NOTE: If heavy bleeding persists, replace the gauze with a folded gauze pad placed over the surgery site and maintain pressure until bleeding stops. In rare cases a moistened tea bag ( black tea)  which contains tannic acid may be placed on surgical site and pressure placed on it and it should help encourage clotting. Call Dr. Satchwell if bleeding does not stop or is heavy for too long. 208 573 2587.


This is normal following a surgical procedure in the mouth. It should reach it’s maximum in 48 hours and diminish by the 5th poet operative day. Place ice or cold compress on the face in the region of the surgery for 10 minutes every ½ hour for the first 8 to 12 hours. Ice is only effective on the day of the surgery.


The most discomfort you will experience will occur as the anesthetic wears off, usually 1-2 hours after surgery. Do not wait for the pain to become severe before taking medications since the medicine will require 30 to 50 minutes to take effect. Pain will diminish over the next few days.


If you smoke, avoid smoking during the first week after surgery.


A nutritious liquid or soft food diet is necessary the first day. After that you can gradually progress to harder foods.


For the first 24-48 hours, you should rest. Patients that have sedation should refrain from driving an automobile or engaging in any task that requires alertness. If you are using prescription pain medication use caution in any activity requiring alertness such as driving.

Starting the Day After Surgery:

Brush teeth but avoid surgery area. As healing takes place, you can gradually brush teeth near surgery site. Soften the bristles of toothbrush by placing them in hot running water. Be gentle.Use warm salt water as a mouth rinse 3-5 times a day for 5 -7 days after surgery.(1 teaspoon salt in 6 ounces of warm water).

If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to take them all as directed. Note: they can render birth control pills ineffective.

Usually, absorbable sutures are used and do not need to be removed. However it is good if you can be seen be your dentist and 5 to 7 days after surgery to check healing.A dry socket is a delayed healing response, which may occur during the 3rd to 6th post operative day. In mild cases, simply increasing the pain medication for a few days can control symptoms. If this is unsuccessful, please call Dr. Satchwell at the office to arrange for treatment.They generally get better whether treated or not. Dry-socket can be brought on by rinsing or spitting to much the first day, too much physical activity, using a straw, smoking, birth control pills, a particularly difficult surgery, and pre-existing infection.

Do not chew hard food or foreign items ( even a hard crust of bread or ice ) for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. If you have any problems please call the office at 208 238 1900 or Dr. Satchwell at 208 573 2587 after hours.



Pocatello Dentist | Surgical Instructions. Chris Satchwell is a Pocatello Dentist.