After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form in the tooth socket and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on gauze for 30 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, replace with new gauze and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it’s important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. The clot aids healing. Don’t rinse vigorously for several days, don’t use straws for a week and avoid smoking for a week or longer. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and slow down the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 48 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel pain and experience swelling. An ice pack will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually peaks on the second or third day after surgery and then starts to decrease in size over time.

If antibiotics are prescribed, take it 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 the day of surgery. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day.  Brush lightly around the surgical area, keeping the area clean. This will enhance healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.