After Tooth Extraction
Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth
After a 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 30-45 minutes immediately after the procedure. 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 to control 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 or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, 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 a bag of frozen peas or corn wrapped in a towel applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually starts to subside after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are not present. Drink lots of fluids (water) 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 sufficiently recovered and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Northern Arizona Phone Number 928-773-2530.