After Tooth Extraction
You will leave our office with gauze in your mouth. Keep firm pressure on it for 30 minutes. You will be given additional gauze, please use it in the same manner until the bleeding stops (1-2 hours post-op). If bleeding persists, you may try repositioning fresh gauze and exert constant pressure on the surgical area or substitute a moist tea bag instead of gauze for 30 minutes. Bleeding should never be severe, but expect some oozing for a couple of days.
Do not disturb the surgical area by probing with objects or your fingers. Avoid spitting or rinsing vigorously. Tomorrow you may resume your normal oral hygiene, cleaning all area’s well. AVOID SMOKING for at least 48 hours, as it is very detrimental to healing. Symptoms of an infection are increased swelling, fever, chills, and/or drainage from the extraction site 5-7 days after surgery. Call out office if these occur.
Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Begin using a warm water rinse or 1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Gently rinse starting the day after surgery, 4-5 times a day, particularly after meals. Continue this for the next 5-7 days. Avoid using mouthwash or peroxide rinses until sockets are closed.
Generally extractions do not result in much swelling. To minimize any swelling that may occur, apply a cold pack firmly to your cheek. Apply 20 minutes on/ 20 minutes off during the first 3 days after surgery.
You will be most comfortable with soft foods today. Drink from a cup or glass, but avoid straws. Chew on the side away from the extraction. Avoid hard crunchy foods (nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, chips, etc.) for the next week. Gradually, as you feel comfortable, you may progress to your normal diet.
Begin taking the prescription pain medication (or Extra Strength Tylenol) directly after the surgery. Alternate your pain medication with an anti-inflammatory every three hours. Continue the anti-inflammatory for the first week after surgery. (Example: Pain medication at 12:00 & 6:00; Anti-inflammatory at 3:00 & 9:00). Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach or with alcohol.
Our goal is to make your recovery as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you. If you have any questions about your progress please call 719-473-2650.