After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We ask that you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-60 minutes after the extraction, or until bleeding subsides. Extra gauze will be provided to you at the appointment.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for at least 48 hours, as this can cause a painful condition commonly known as "dry socket". After 24 hours, warm salt water rinses should be implemented every 3-4 hours, and resume your normal dental routine.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack will keep swelling to a minimum, do NOT apply heat. Take antibiotics and pain medications as prescribed. Make sure to finish taking the full cycle of the antibiotics to ensure infection does not return. Taking medication on an empty stomach can cause nausea. Eat a soft food diet for the first 24 hours after an extraction. A normal diet can be resumed as soon as you are comfortable, but we recommend chewing on the opposite side.
After a few days you will 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 at (228)-864-4778