Post-Operative Care after Tooth Extraction
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 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bit firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
If bleeding persists, you can use the tea bag remedy. Dampen a tea bag with room temperature water and bite down on it at the extraction site for 15 minutes. The tannins in the tea help to stop the bleeding.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, such 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 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.
Proper oral hygiene after surgery is extremely important, since good care can help the healing process and prevent later complications such as infection. Please read these instructions and follow them carefully for a fast, easier recovery.
- 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.
- Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious soft foods 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 shouls 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 will 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.