After Tooth Extraction
One of the most important instructions is to keep ice with moderate pressure over the surgical sites postoperatively. This needs to be done for the first 48 hours after surgery. Unopened bags of frozen peas or corn work very well. Do not sleep after surgery until your regular bedtime as you will not be able to maintain these cold compresses effectively. Once the guaze inside the mouth has been removed, it is advisable to let ice chips melt in the mouth throught the day.
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 bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times. Try to remove the guaze a soon as possible however.
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 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.Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed, but we advise that you refrain from taking narcotic pain medication until bedtime the first day. 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 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 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 at (561) 204-3242.