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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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Extraction Post Op Instructions


1.             Immediately after surgery, bite on gauze pad for one hour.  Keep swallowing.  Do not spit out. 


2.             Bleeding: Some oozing or bleeding is to be expected, especially for the first 24- 48 hours following surgery.  It may be controlled by placing a sterile gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for one hour.  Repeat as necessary. 


3.             Do not rinse mouth today.  Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every three to four hours (especially after meals) using one- half tablespoon of salt to a glass of warm water.  Continue rinses for none week. 


4.             Swelling normally occurs after surgery.  To reduce the degree of swelling apply an ice bag to the face fifteen minutes on and fifteen minutes off for up to twelve hours. 


5.             Pain:   For mild discomfort after surgery, take usual dosage of Advil or Tylenol.  For severe pain take prescribed medication. 


6.             Diet:   Avoid smoking, sucking on a straw or rinsing your mouth the first day.  Refrain from vigorous activities and get plenty of rest.  Do not skip meals.  Keep up normal fluid intake.  Soft foods are advisable for the first 24 hours. 


7.             Nausea may occur following surgery.  Relief may be found by drinking a glass of ginger ale or 7-up. 


8.             Boney Edges:  Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing.  These are not roots.  If annoying, return to this office for their removal. 


9.             Discoloration of skin may appear following surgery.  This is normal occurrence, and will resolve within several days. 


10.          Numbness around the corner of the mouth may develop.  This is most often a temporary condition which usually correct itself.  It may remain anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. 


11.          Smoking: No smoking for at least 24 hours. 


12.          Brushing:   Tooth brushing should begin the day after surgery, carefully avoiding the surgical areas for one week. 


13.          Questions:   Please feel free to call our office at 503 378 0466 


December 3, 2009

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Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.