After Tooth Extraction
After a tooth is removed, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin healing. This is why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 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 because it aids in healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush your teeth next to the extraction site for 24 hours. Limit vigorous exercise initially 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 applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. (If you do not have an ice pack, you may also use a zip-lock bag filled with ice and wrapped in a towel, a towel filled with ice, or a frozen bag of peas covered in a towel.)
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 until you are finished with them, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable, but please avoid nuts, chips, seeds, and popcorn for two weeks.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing your teeth at least twice 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 feel up to it. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office at 850-478-7070.