After Tooth Extraction

It is important for a blog clot to form following a tooth extraction. The blood clot stops the bleeding and help begin the healing process. Immediately after your surgery, bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. Place another gauze and bite for another 30 minutes if the bleeding persists. You may need to do this a few times to stop the blood flow.

It is important to not disturb the blood clot after it has formed. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, rinse vigorously or brush next to the extraction site for at least 72 hours. These actions may dislodge the clot and delay the healing process. Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after the surgery because it increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the surgery, you may feel pain and experience some swelling. To keep swelling to a minimum, an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas can be applied. Please take pain medications as prescribed to reduce pain. Swelling often reduces or disappears 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 Williams Dental Implant and Oral Surgery at (303) 493-1933.