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 a 1/2 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.
Medication – If non-aspirin pain medication does not relieve the discomfort you may experience, a stronger medication can be prescribed. Be sure to use all medication 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.
Chips – During the healing process, you may notice small bone fragments working through the gums. We can easily remove them if they are too annoying.
Call our office if any unusual symptoms occur.