After Tooth Extraction
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 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.
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 4 days. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process and may cause a dry socket. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 4 days as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some discomfort and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually gradually resolves after day four.
Use the pain medication as directed.
Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction.
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. However, stay away from the extraction site for one week.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe discomfort, continued swelling for beyond day 4, a reaction to your medication, or any questions, please call our office at 712-272-7350 (800-637-4919).