After Tooth Extractions
After a tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite firmly on a gauze pad after your appointment until the bleeding stops. You may have to do this for up to an hour.
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 a straw, smoke, or drink alcohol for 72 hours after tooth extraction. 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. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Take pain medications as prescribed.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of any 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, yet try to avoid the extraction site for 72 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice per day. This will accelerate healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.