After General Anaesthetic

  • Exercise should be avoided for 24 hours.
  • Vehicles must not be driven nor machinery operated for at least 24 hours.
  • No alcohol may be consumed for at least 12 hours.

For Fillings and Cleaning:

  • Teeth that have been filled should be brushed and cleaned as normal.
  • Teeth may be sensitive for a short time after cleaning. You should continue normal tooth brushing but avoid very hot or very cold food and drinks.

For Tooth Extractions and Surgery:

  • To help the mouth heal quicker, the patient should rest at home for at least the first 24 hours. Do not eat any hard, crumbly or very hot foods.
  • No rinsing or spitting for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, gently rinse with warm salty water and regular tooth brushing should commence. If the patient can’t rinse they should have a big glass of water after each meal or snack. It’s very important to keep the mouth as clean as possible to get the best and fastest healing.
  • Local anaesthetic will have been used to make the mouth numb before removal of teeth. It’s important to ensure the patient doesn’t bite or chew their lip, tongue or cheek afterwards.
  • Sometimes stitches are used; however, they are most often absorbable stitches so they do not need to be removed and will dissolve within a week or two.
  • Any bleeding from the mouth will have stopped by the time the patient is ready to go home but it is common to have some oozing of blood from the mouth for the next 24 hours. If bleeding persists, it can be controlled by having the patient bite down on the gauze provided, a clean handkerchief, or a face washer.
  • If the patient is in any pain, Panadol, Panadol Extra, or Nurofen may be given according to the directions. If stronger pain killers are needed, you will be given a prescription before leaving.

If you have any concerns and need urgent advice, please don’t hesitate to call 0481 810 200.