westside center periodontics logo

(310) 443-4444

 

Dental Extractions Post Operative Instructions

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 30-45 minutes after the appointment. You may have to do this several times. If bleeding still persists, biting on a moist tea bag wrapped in gauze may help control the oozing from the surgical site. Tea has an ingredient that promotes blood clotting.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Does not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. 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.

Failure to comply with the above instructions will result in dislodgement of the clot and severe throbbing pain at the extraction site, since the bone is now exposed to the oral environment. After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain 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 subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of 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. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

 

Locations

dentalcarelocations

Dental Implants

Office Hours

MON:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
TUE:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
WED:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
THU:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
FRI:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SAT:   By Appointment Only
SUN: Closed

googleplus

 

oral-implants-web-divider

 

Dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots. They rely on bone for support. Please use this link to learn more

Oral Implants Simplant Teeth Whitening
Dental Patient Education Videos
Blog
Lumineer Veneers Special
Missing Teeth Dental Practice
Missing Teeth Practice
Oral Implants Patient Videos
NOHO Dental Group

Twitter Updates

Follow me on Twitter