After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, its important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-60 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another folded gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this more than once.

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, or drink alcohol for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the first week as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel discomfort 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. The swelling usually reaches its maximum 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. Soft foods should be eaten in the first week after surgery. After that you can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important 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 should begin to feel better and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for more than three days, or a reaction to the medication, call the office immediately at 425-778-5991