Care after Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place a new gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing.

Pain and swelling:
  • After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling
  • Apply an ice pack to the area on the outside of the face
  • Take pain medications as prescribed
  • The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours

Use the pain and antibiotic medication as directed. Call the 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.

Activity and Diet:
  • Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours (It can raise blood pressure and promote bleeding)
  • Do not eat or drink anything hot
  • Drink plenty of cold or room temperature fluid
  • Eat nutritious soft, warm or cool food on the day of the extraction
  • Resume your normal diet after 24 hours avoiding any crusty foods and foods with nuts, seeds, until advised by the office

Oral Hygiene:
  • It is important to not disturb the blood clot as it aids in healing
  • Do not rinse vigorously. You may allow antiseptic rinses to gently pool in the area
  • Do not suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol
  • It is important to resume brushing and flossing after 24 hours
  • Do not brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours

If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, a reaction to the medication, or any concerns, call our office immediately.

  Office Hours            
  Monday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM  
  Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  
  Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM