After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 45-60 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 45-60 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol for 48 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise, 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 ice bag applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually reaches in peak in 2-3 days.
For control of pain take over the counter pain medication. Take prescribed pain medications according to the directions on the bottle. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic to them, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.
If prescribed narcotic pain medicine, it will make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.
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. 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, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Middletown Office Phone Number 401-848-0070.