After your tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. This is why it is so important for you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the appointment. If bleeding or oozing persists, place a fresh gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may need to do this several times.
Do not disturb or dislodge the blood clot after it forms, as the clot aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, drink through a straw, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities can dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Be sure to limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this will increase your blood pressure and may cause more bleeding at the extraction site.
After extraction, you may experience some pain and swelling. Apply an ice pack to the area to keep swelling to a minimum. Swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Take pain medicine as prescribed. Call our office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them for the prescribed length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious soft foods on the day of extraction. You may return to your normal diet as soon as you are comfortable.
It is imperative that you resume your normal oral hygiene routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. This will speed up healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days, you will be able to return to your normal activities. If you experience heavy bleeding, severe, pain, or continued swelling for 2 to 3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
We invite you to contact our office today with any questions and to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in Austin, Texas, Dr. Dale Gallagher, today.