Tooth Extraction Post-Op
After tooth extraction, it is 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. If the bleeding and oozing still persits, place another gause pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this serveral times. After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. DO NOT RINSE VIGOROUSLY
PAIN & ICE THERAPY
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or a unopened bag of frozen peas applied to the cheek overlying the surgical site 15 minutes, and them 15 minutes break will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medication as prescribed. he 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 lengh of time, even if signs and symtoms of the infection are gone.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Do not brush teeth next to extraction site for the first 72 hours. You can brush all other regular teeth.
This should include brushing and floosing yout teeth at least once a day. his will speed healing and help you keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities, It is imporant to resure your normal dental routine in 24 hours.
- Do not use a straw
- Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious food on the day of the surgery.
- Minimize the use of salt, which can increase swelling and pain in your mouth
Smoking will significantly impair proper healing. Please dont not smoke for the first 5-7 days to ensure proper healing.
If you have heavy bledding, serve pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication please call our office immediately