After A Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s necessary for a blood clot to form in order to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we may ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is crucial not to disturb or dislodge it as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. Such activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, since this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site. After 24 hours, gently swish warm salt water in your mouth a few times a day.
After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Ibuprofen should be taken; if your doctor thinks you need something stronger he or she may write a prescription. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use any pain medication that was prescribed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is essential to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days, you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.