Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure. You will want to follow these simple guidelines after your extraction:
- Fold a piece of gauze into a pad thick enough to bite on. This pressure will help minimize bleeding. You will need to change the gauze every 30 minutes until bleeding has stopped (usually 2 or 3 times is sufficient).
- Do NOT suck on a straw or play with the site with your tongue.
- No smoking for 48 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and mouth rinses with alcohol.
- Do not clean the teeth next to the site for the rest of the day. You should brush and floss your other teeth. Do not rinse for 24 hours.
- Limit strenuous activity for 24 hours.
After your extraction, you may have some swelling and discomfort. You can help reduce swelling by placing a cold compress to your face. If you have severe pain or swelling, contact us as soon possible.
Drink lots of water and eat soft nutritious foods. Cheesecake is one option. Try not to chew on the side of the extraction for a few days to let the socket heal.
Dry Socket–What Is It, Anyway??
Dry socket is when the blood clot that forms in the socket comes out, exposing the bone underneath. This may happen a few days after the procedure. This is a very painful condition and should be reported to us IMMEDIATELY. We will place a dressing that will help protect and heal the socket and help reduce the pain.