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After Exposure of Impacted Tooth

General Instructions Following Oral Surgery” should be followed, in addition to these special instructions unique to your surgery. If you have any questions or problems, call our office at 604 924-8088. There is always an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon on call for emergencies. 

Perio Pack
  • Some impacted teeth when uncovered require a perio pack be placed to prevent the tissue from healing over the teeth before orthodontic intervention. The ‘pack’ is a soft, light pink material which needs to remain in place for 2 – 6 weeks. Visually check on a daily basis that this pack is in place. If the pack comes off prior to your scheduled orthodontic appointment, please contact our office for instruction.
  • These are metal objects which may be bonded to the uncovered or exposed teeth. Their purpose is to allow the orthodontist access to these teeth. Chains are generally sutured or wired up so they are out of the patient’s way while eating. If the chain is hanging loose and causing problems when chewing, please contact our office.
  • If a perio pack, brackets, buttons or chains have been placed, please avoid sticky toffee type foods and gum chewing. These may inadvertently adhere to the packing or hardware and cause them to be loosened or dislodged.
  • Proper oral hygiene is essential to reduce infection and enhance healing.
  • Teeth that have been uncovered or exposed and no perio pack placed over need to be kept meticulously clean. The teeth are recessed in the tissue causing a large open area where food debris may be trapped.
  • Use the syringe provided routinely after every meal to flush the surgical area until it is completely healed. Fill the syringe with tap water, then place it directly over the surgical site and flush the area. You may notice food debris being washed from the surgical sites which is normal. Continue rinsing with the syringe until no food debris is present.

  • Please follow the instructions given to you on your day of surgery. An appointment may be scheduled for you at our office or you may be advised to arrange an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist.