Immediately Following Dental Extractions

Bleeding

It is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. 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 reduce the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is normal to see some blood mixed within the saliva as bleeding subsides.  It is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Refrain from rinsing vigorously, using straws, smoking, alcohol consumption or brushing teeth near to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.  

Swelling

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. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Medications

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 plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

Activity

No vigorous exercise for 24-48 hours after your dental surgery. This may increase blood pressure and slow down the healing process.

Oral Hygiene

Please resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing 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 to 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.