AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
Formation of a blood clot is one of the most important aspects of the healing process. You will be asked to bite down on a gauze pad for at least 30 to 45 minutes after your extraction is complete and we highly recommend that if bleeding or oozing continues that you continue to bite down on a pad until it subsides. Once the blood clot forms (which aids in healing) it is imperative that you not rinse too hard, use a straw, consume alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction for at least 3 days. Any of these activities could slow your healing process. You should not attempt any strenuous activities for at least twenty-four hours as this may cause additional bleeding at the extraction site (from increased blood pressure). For pain and swelling, we recommend an ice pack and taking pain medications as prescribed by us (or use of over-the-counter pain remedies). Typically the swelling will be reduced within two days. If we have prescribed an antibiotic it is critical that you take them exactly as prescribed as this will significantly reduce your risk of infection. As soon as you are comfortable enough to do so you should resume your normal eating habits but in the meantime, soft, high nutritional foods should be consumed. It is also imperative that you get plenty of fluids during the healing time. Brushing and flossing of teeth not only keeps your mouth clean but also helps healing and your normal routine can be resumed within one day after extractions. If you suffer any severe pain, heavy bleeding or unexplained swelling (that which lasts more than 3 days) or any unexpected reactions to any medications, you should contact our office immediately.