After tooth extraction, it is 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 minutes after the appointment. If excessive bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times. If, after several attempts with gauze, excessive bleeding continues, please call the office.
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 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow 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.
During the first 24 hours, 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 in 48-72 hours; however, use ice packs only for the first 24 hours.
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 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. This 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 heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for more than three days or a reaction to the medication, call the office at 210-824-0111 immediately.