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 one hour following your procedure. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, insert 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 spit, suck on straws, drink carbonated beverages, or blow your nose vigorously for the first 24 hours following surgery. You should also not smoke for 7 days following your surgery. 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. 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.
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. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to continue your normal dental routine following surgery. Following your procedure, you may gently brush your teeth but avoid the surgical site(s). Faithfully maintaining your oral care will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have severe pain or continued swelling for more than three days, or a reaction to the medication, call the office immediately at (603)225-3482.