Tooth extraction! What to do next?
Home instructions after removal of a single tooth/multiple teeth.
After tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the extraction. If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for an additional 30 minutes. You may have to do this a couple of times.
Avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol for at least 48-72 hours. Start brushing your teeth the day following the extractions to maintain good oral hygiene, which facilitates a good healing environment. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 72 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Please use the ice pack provided in your take home bag and apply it to the area, 20 mins on, 20 mins off. The swelling usually gets worse in the first 48 hours before it subsides. This is a fairly normal response to surgery.
Use pain medication as directed by your doctor. Pain medication is prescribed at the discretion of your doctor. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone or you think your are feeling better. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. 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 for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately. Remember we are just a phone call away and are at your service should you need to discuss any question or concern.