After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.
Immediately Following Surgery
Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately 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 to staunch the flow of blood.
For the first 24 hours following surgery avoid rinsing and drinking carbonated beverages. No sucking/drinking from a straw for 3 days. Avoid smoking for 5 days after surgery. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. . These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.
- Limit vigorous exercise for the next 72 hours, as this increases 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 will keep swelling to a minimum.
- Take pain medications as prescribed.
- Swelling usually subsides after 72 hours.
- Use pain medication as directed. Call our 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 fluids and eat nutritious, soft food for the first couple of days after the extractions. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
- It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 8 hours from surgical procedure. 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 should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at High Point Office Phone Number 336-812-3104.