Tooth Extractions

Information Following a Tooth Extraction

Bleeding

After an extraction, a wet gauze pack is placed over the extraction site to prevent excessive bleeding and to promote the healing blood clot. Keep pressure on it for 30 – 45 minutes and replace if bleeding continues. Slight bleeding may occur up to 2 days. Avoid activities that could apply a suction action to the blood clot such as smoking or sucking through a straw.

Rinsing

Do not rinse your mouth today. Tomorrow you can rinse your mouth gently with a glass of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt. You can do this every 3 – 4 hours a day, especially after meals.

Swelling

Following an extraction, some swelling and skin bruising may occur. A cold moist cloth or an ice bag applied to the cheek will keep it to a minimum. Place on affected area for about 15 – 20 minutes of every hour for the next 6 hours.

Medications

For pain, you may take 1 – 2 Tylenol every 3 hours as needed. A stronger medication can be prescribed. Be sure to use all medications as directed.

Food

A light diet with plenty of fluids is recommended the first day. Avoid carbonated or hot beverages. Chewing should be done away from the extraction site.

Oral Hygiene

Continue brushing and flossing, being extra gentle near the extraction site.

Other

Call our office if any unusual symptoms occur.

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