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After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it is important that a blood clot forms to stop bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 20-30 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 stop the bleeding.

After the blood clot is formed, do not disturb or dislodge the it. Do not rinse vigorously or brush your teeth for 24 hours.  Avoid using straws, smoking, or drinking alcohol for a minimum of 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24-48 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After your procedure 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. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection or discomfort 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 care 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 (past the point of 3-4 days), or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at Loma Linda Office Phone Number 909-558-6288.