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 36 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. To minimize swelling, apply ice or cold packs to the side of your face as often as possible (on for 20 minutes then off for 20 minutes) for the first 48 hours. Keep your head elevated. After 48 hours switch to moist heat packs to help eliminate swelling.
Take Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen 2-3 tablets (200mg each) every 6 hours for pain. If needed, ADD the prescription pain medicine pain medication as directed. DO NOT drive or drink alcohol while taking prescription narcotics. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. IF YOU TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS you must use alternative forms of birth control for a complete cycle after finishing the antibiotics. 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 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 can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 3-4 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.