After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We will have you bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another damp gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.  Some oozing or blood tinged saliva is normal. If there is no heavy bleeding leave the gauze out to promote clot formation.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously or suck on straws for 24 hours. Gently brush teeth next to the extraction site but not over the site. No smoking or vaping for 5 days after surgery. Do not drink alcohol while taking prescribed pain medication. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next few days, 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. Place on for 20 minutes and then remove. Repeat  as needed. Take pain medications as prescribed. 

Use pain medication as directed. Remember you can not drive if taking narcotics.  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 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.  We also suggest starting  rinsing after eating at this time. Gently swishing salt water or tap water will help remove any trapped food. Avoid over the counter mouthwashes. 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, a reaction to the medication, or other questions and concerns call our office  at Homewood Oral Surgery, PC Phone Number 708-798-4730.