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Post-Operative Instructions: General Extraction

Please read and follow these important instructions for after a general extraction procedure.
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 persists, insert another 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. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 24–48 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, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if you are feeling fine. 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 resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth. This will help the healing process and keep your mouth fresh and clean.

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

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