Home Care Instructions
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form, the bleeding to stop, and the healing to begin. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 15-20 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place more gauze, and bite firmly for another 20 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, or smoke for atleast 24 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours also, which may increase blood pressure and cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted, and the numbness wears off, you may still experience some pain and/or experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.