After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s 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 the gauze pack for 1 to 2 hours after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pack over the extraction site and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it is healing. Do not rinse vigorously or use a straw for 3 days. Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for 5 days. You should also avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after an extraction, as this may cause the blood pressure to become elevated resulting in additional bleeding.

On the day after the extraction you may gently brush the teeth next to the extraction site., You should also begin gently rinsing the area with warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of warm water).

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. Using an ice pack and keeping the head elevated will keep the swelling to a minimum. Take your antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed. You may feel fine using non-prescription pain medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil; Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol; Extra Strength Tylenol).

You may eat anything you feel comfortable biting and chewing, although it would be best to chew on the side of the mouth where no surgery was done.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your other teeth as usual, and caring for the teeth adjacent to the extraction site as best you can. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.