Post-Op Instructions

For the first hour maintain firm pressure on the gauze. Remove when saturated or when you want something to eat or drink. Avoid talking, spitting, or rinsing your mouth today.
Bleeding should decrease over the next 12 hours. Fold 2 pieces of gauze in half twice and place over the extraction site with firm pressure until gauze becomes saturated. Pressure stops bleeding. Change saturated gauze as needed for approximately 2 hours. Gauze is usually not needed after this point. However, if bleeding persists, dampen a small tea bag, place over the extraction site and keep firm pressure for 30 minutes.
Numbness from your surgery will last 2 to 8 hours. Therefore, soft foods and liquids are recommended during this time. No chewing.
You may have soft foods such as mashed potatoes, soft pasta, or scrambled eggs, then gradually progress to solid foods as comfort allows. A spoon should be used with thick milkshakes. No carbonated beverages or straws for 7 days.
Avoid smoking for 7 days.
Dry socket is a painful condition arising 3-7 days after the removal of difficult or impacted teeth. If pain is not relieved by your pain medication or is worsening, please call the office (during office hours, if possible, so we can better assist you).
Get as much rest as possible the first few days. Keep head elevated. Sit upright or lie on two pillows.
Some swelling is expected after certain surgical procedures, especially removal of wisdom teeth. Use of ice packs the first 48 hours will help prevent swelling. We recommend constant application of ice. Refresh ice bags every 30 minutes.
Do not drive the day of surgery if you’ve had IV sedation.
Any surgery results in some pain. Prescribed pain medication will usually keep this to a minimum. Take the first dose within 2 hours and then as prescribed. However, do not take pain medication on an empty stomach. It takes about 45 minutes for the medication to take effect. Most of the discomfort should be gone after the second day. Try to call our office during office hours if discomfort persists.
The medication used during surgery may cause nausea in a few people. If you do become nauseated, avoid milk and other dairy products.
A clean mouth reduces swelling and promotes healing. After 24 hours, start brushing and flossing the teeth with moderation. For 1 week after surgery, rinse after meals with warm salt water (1 tsp in 8 oz warm water), or if prescribed, clorhexidine mouth rinse.
A low grade fever is not unusual. Fever is often a sign of insufficient amount of fluid.
After the first day, gently stretch your mouth open several times a day to avoid a stiff jaw.
Orthodontic retainers can be worn the day after surgery.

If you have any questions prior to your scheduled surgery, please call our office.

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    I always have a hard time with dentists. I hate the tools and most of the time, I feel as if the staff is constantly judging me but the staff here is amazing! I came in today(they fit me in within 2 days) for wisdom tooth removal after an infection. My jaw had been shifted, couldn’t eat, constantly in pain but they put me to sleep, pulled the two teeth, and walked me out to my car. All done within 15 minutes. I’m in no pain at all and even got a checkup text from Dr. Scheideman. I still have two more wisdom teeth to be pulled so I will DEFINITELY be using them again!

    Best experience I have had with dentist / oral surgeon. Dr. Kostohryz did a phenomenal job helping my dad with his teeth extraction.

    Benjamin B
    Benjamin B2021-12-30

    I have have one tooth at a time pulled.A good thing I wear a mask when in public. Not working now so I can have teeth pulled over period of time. I have been tramatized and spent fortune on root canals, caps etc over many years. I am now 72 and have receding gums, caps falling off etc. I think God for Dr. Scheidleman. He is brilliant and he CARES about his patients.He is patient and gentle. I feel confident and I am not scared. Five more to pull then implants. Thank you Dr. Scheidleman and God Bless. His office team also 😃👍 great.

    Initial interactions were professional and thorough, I had two extractions for implants. My bone structure was good so no need for a bone graft. Dr. ScheidimenExplained the process in simplistic terms. The whole process took about 30-40 minutes. Shawna, my nurse patiently answered all of my questions and concerns. This was a very positive procedure. I am grateful to the team.

    Holly Witte
    Holly Witte2021-12-28

    Dr. Kostohryz is wonderful. He is so kind and it's obvious that he genuinely cares about his patients. His entire team was great. From check in to check out the service was excellent. Highly recommend FWOS.

    Jennifer Bonds
    Jennifer Bonds2022-02-03

    No nonsense, get er done dentist office made ya feel like everything will be OK, and they were right. Good job to all of you thank you. I will use yall for all my dentist stuff.

    Dr. Kostohryz and all his staff are great Highly recommend! You'll be in great hands!

    Marisa L.
    Marisa L.2022-03-31

    Would love to rate much much higher than 5 stars! From the second I was welcomed, I felt like family. Dr.Runyon and his staff, were more than accommodating to my needs. Got me in immediately (less than 24 hours) for wisdom teeth extraction. Dr. Runyon even called me the night of, during his personal time to check up on me. I had no swelling- and even went to work the next day! Thank you all for all of your hard work. It doesn’t go unnoticed. ♥️

    Dr. Scheideman and his staff were fantastic! I had a wisdom tooth infection and horrible pain and my dentist referred me to FWOS. They were able to fit me in for a consult within 2 hours of my dentist calling, which was amazing. Yesterday I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted. The nurse/tech (I think her name was Jennifer) was super friendly and confirmed all my information and put me at ease to prep me for surgery. Dr. Scheideman checked on me before we started and was very comforting. He even numbed the spot on my arm where the IV was placed so I literally felt no pain for the entire procedure. I woke up a little dizzy and numb but pain free. I was sent home with thorough instructions, pain medication, and aftercare supplies. Dr. Scheideman even texted me to check in on me the next day. I am shocked how little pain and swelling I've had, and I feel surprisingly good! Obviously I hope to never have oral surgery again but if I did I would run to FWOS. 10 of 10. Would recommend!

    Lisa Deisinger
    Lisa Deisinger2022-04-24

    I have the worst fear of doing anything with my teeth. Dr. k and his staff really knew how to make me feel comfortable and assured me that I was in the right hands. I had the best experience here and it definitely changed the way I dental treatment in the future. Thank you to the staff that were professional, punctual and so very kind. And a big thank you to Dr. K for taking such great care of me!! Highly recommend!!