After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still 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 important not to disturb or dislodge the clot 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. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
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 with an ACE type wrap. This will help keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually begins to subside after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. 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 important to carefully resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours taking care not to disturb the surgical area. This should include gentle brushing and flossing teeth which are not adjacent to the surgical site. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. Normal routine dental care can resume as the area heals.
After a few days you will begin to feel better and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, a reaction to the medication, or worsening swelling after 3-4 days, call our office immediately at Plantation Office Phone Number 954-474-9660.