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After Tooth Extraction
Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth
- After tooth extraction, it’s 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 appointment.
- If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes.
- You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
- After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot.
- Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.
- These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.
- Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
- After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling.
- An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.
- Take pain medications as prescribed.
- The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
- Use pain medication as directed.
- Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working.
- 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 as you are comfortable.
- It is important to resume your normal dental 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 at Cottonwood Heights Office Phone Number (801) 943-8703.
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