After tooth extraction, a blood clot forms to stop the bleeding and to influence the healing process. We recommend that you bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the surgery. If the bleeding persists, place another gauze pad and bite on it for another 30 minutes. You may need to do this several times to stop the blood flow.

It is important to not disturb or dislodge the blood clot after it has formed. Do not suck on straws, drink alcohol, smoke, rinse vigorously, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dissolve the clot and inhibit the healing process. Vigorous exercise increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site. Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after the surgery.


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If you experience pain or swelling after your tooth is extracted, an ice pack or a bag of frozen goods applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medications as prescribed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon all symptoms subside. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working

We recommend that you resume your normal dental routine 24 hours after the surgery. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will help speed up the healing process and help keep your mouth clean and fresh.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.


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