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 a gauze pad for 20 -30 minutes after the appointment. If active bleeding still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. It is rare to persist longer than this. Minor oozing of blood is normal for the first 8 hours and not to be confused with active bleeding…

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, drink carbonated drinks, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase 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.

We recommend taking 600 mg of ibuprofen every four hours after an extraction for up to three days. 

Antibiotics may also be prescribed by your doctor. Continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid 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 brushing 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. Of course, be extra gentle in the extraction site area.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume all normal activities. If you have persistent active bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or any abnormal reaction to any medications, please call our office immediately at 806-857-3389.