After Tooth Extraction

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After tooth extraction, it’s important to allow a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.  A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery.  Slight bleeding, oozing, or red tinged saliva is not uncommon.  Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for thirty minutes.  Repeat if necessary.  If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for thirty minutes.  The tannic acid in the tea bag helps to form a clot by constricting bleeding vessels.  To minimize further bleeding, remain calm, sit upright, and avoid exercise.  If bleeding does not subside, call for further instructions.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Do not use a straw for 7 days. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding and throbbing 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. The swelling usually subsides after 48-72 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics were 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.  Try to avoid chewing directly over the surgical site. 

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 while avoiding the surgical site. 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, unusual discomfort, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.