After Tooth Extraction
Immediately after the extraction, you will be given gauze pads to place in your mouth and bite on to stop the bleeding. Keep the gauze in place for the 30-45 minutes following your appointment. If, when removed, the area is still bleeding, place new gauze over the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. Repeat until bleeding has stopped.
At this point, a blood clot will have formed over the extraction site. It is crucial that you do not disturb or dislodge the clot. DO NOT rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush the teeth near the extraction site for 72 hours. Do not engage in intense physical activities for 24 hours. These activities may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
You may experience pain and swelling after the procedure. An ice pack applied to the face will decrease swelling. Swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Pain medications should be taken as prescribed. Please call our office at 970-245-2222 if your pain medication does not seem to be working.
If you were given antibiotics, take them as prescribed for the full prescription, regardless of whether you see signs of infection.
Drink lots of fluids and eat a nutritious diet of soft foods on the day of your procedure. When you are comfortable, progress to a regular diet.
Resume normal brushing and flossing after 24 hours. This will speed healing.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.