After Tooth Extractions
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot needs to form in order to aid in the healing process. This blood clot helps to staunch the bleeding and keeps the wound protected. For the clot to form, place a clean gauze over the wound and bite down, holding it in place for 30-45 minutes. If bleeding persists, repeat with a clean gauze, and continue doing so until the blood flow has stopped.
► Blood Clot
Once the clot is formed, take care not to disturb it. You should avoid heavy mouth rinsing, using straws, smoking, alcohol consumption, and teeth brushing near the wound for at least 72 hours. Disturbing the blood clot can disrupt the healing process or lead to complications. Also avoid exercise as this can increase the blood flow and disturb the clot.
There will likely be some minor pain involved with the wound. Swelling is also a possibility. Place a cold ice pack on the cheek by the extraction site to minimize swelling for up to 36 hours. Take any pain medication as prescribed by your doctor. If no medication was prescribed, Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be taken.
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the full duration of indicated time, even if symptoms of infection are gone.
After the extraction, drink plenty of fluids and soft food with as much nutrition as possible. Try returning to your normal diet the next day, chewing on the other side of your mouth if it’s more comfortable.
► Oral Hygiene
After the first 24 hours, resume your normal oral hygiene routine with brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Keep your mouth clean to produce a faster healing environment!
You should feel perfectly fine in a few days. However, if pain, swelling, or bleeding persists, call our office.