Instructions Following Dental Extractions
**After an extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We ask that you bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment to aid in this process. If the bleeding persists, you may bite on a moistened tea bag in the same manner. Tannic acid in tea helps blood to clot. Place another gauze pad and then bite firmly for another 30 minutes and repeat as needed.**
- After surgery, place a cold compress on your face near the extraction site for 20 minutes. Remove for 20 minutes. Repeat. This can be done for up to 24 hours.
- Do not eat or drink hot foods and beverages after surgery.
- Do not rinse your mouth.
- Do not use a straw.
- Do not spit.
- Do not drink carbonated beverages.
- Do not brush your teeth on the day of the surgery. Then resume normal home care the next day, gently brushing and flossing.
- Some bruising, swelling, and pain are normal – particularly if you have had a wisdom tooth extraction. Take your prescribed medication.
- Plan to eat soft foods, such as soups, milk shakes, fruit juice, and yogurt, for 2-3 days.
- After surgery, your mouth may remain numb for several hours: Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.
**After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, it will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.**
There is always the possibility of developing a dry socket when a tooth is removed. Please notify our office if severe pain develops between the fourth and six day following your extraction which is unrelieved by pain medication, radiates to your ear, or wakes you up at night. Dry sockets are easily and effectively treated and should not cause undue alarm.