It is vital that you allow a blood clot to take form after you get a tooth extraction as this is what stops the bleeding and begins the process of healing the affected area. To get the blood clot to start forming get a gauze pad, put it on the surgical area, and bite down on it for roughly 30-45 minutes. Make sure you do this immediately after the appointment. Replace the gauze pad and bite down on it for another 30 minutes if the oozing or bleeding persists. You may need to do this a couple of times before the bleeding stops completely.
Do not dislodge or disturb the clot after it forms. Some ways to avoid this by not:
- Vigorously rinsing out your mouth
- Sucking on straws
- Drinking alcohol
- Brushing teeth next to the extraction site
Avoid these activities and any others that may disturb the clot for at least 72 hours after the procedure as they may interfere with the healing process and cause it to take much longer than needed.
It is expected for you to experience swelling and feel pain after the tooth extraction. Apply an ice pack to the area to try and keep the swelling down. You can also use an unopened bag of frozen corn or peas, just place something cold on the region to help minimize swelling. it’s essential that you take the pain medication that was prescribed to you as well. Swelling will subside in the two days that follow the procedure.
We urge that you only use pain medication as needed and if the pain continues, call our office to discuss the extent of your issues. If you were prescribed antibiotics, take them for as long as your doctor prescribed even if it seems like the pain is gone. On the day of the extraction, you should also:
- Eat nutritious food
- Eat soft food
- Drink plenty of fluids
This is especially true for right after the surgery. You should also avoid all carbonated beverages for the four days following the surgery. You can go back to your regular dental routine 24 hours after the procedure. This includes flossing and brushing your teeth. Doing so will help ensure that you remain healthy and expedite the healing process.