After Tooth Extraction

Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad at the site of the extraction for 30 minutes to an hour immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad on the site of the extraction and bite firmly for another 30 minutes to an hour.  The gauze should be thick enough so that when you bite together, pressure is applied to the wound.  You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke or drink alcohol. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Gently brush teeth around the extraction site.  Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases 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 help reduce swelling. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling will begin to subside after 2-3 days.

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 plenty 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 as soon as possible.. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth.  This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After 2-3 days you should slowly begin to feel better.  Keep in mind, it takes a full week to get over most of your pain.   If you have any problems, call our office at Southside Office Phone Number 205-933-1331.