After your extraction.
Post operative instructions following a dental extraction.
Following a tooth extraction it is important for a blood clot to form in the socket to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. It is important for you to bite firmly on the gauze pad provided for 30 minutes after the appointment. If excessive bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another gauze pad (provided) and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. Repeat as often as required. If, after several attempts with gauze, excessive bleeding continues, please call us on 02 44415706 or after hours on 0414977845.
After the bleeding has stopped it is important not to disturb the clot as it is important for healing.
Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process.
Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted it is normal feel some pain and experience some swelling. During the first 24 hours, 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 in 48-72 hours. Use ice packs only for the first 24 hours.
Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working.
Drink lots of fluid 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 maintain a clean healthy mouth. Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth is important.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for more than three days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office.