Extractions Post-Op

Now that the extraction is completed here are some advices to help you with the healing process.

  1. Do put pressure on the wound. First, to control any bleeding put constant pressure on the wound by biting on the gauze. Also change the gauze every few minutes for about a couple of hours. A cold compress or ice packs can also help this process.
  2. Do stay on a soft diet. For the first few days after the extraction you should stay on a soft diet. This decreases the chances that you will disturb the site of the surgery. After a few days, it is generally ok to resume your normal diet.
  3. Do take the pain medicine. Following the extraction it is very common to experience some discomfort, normally at the site of the aestethic or the extraction site itself. To alleviate the discomfort you should follow your dentists recommendation on taking an over the counter pain medication. When necessary your dentist may decide to prescribe a stronger pain medication to manage higher levels of pain.
  4. Do not disturb the site of the extraction. Make sure that you do not disturb the extraction site. This means don’t chew, rinse, or brush directly on the site for at least 24-48 hours.
  5. Do not spit or suck through a straw. This is important because using a straw often causes suction that can remove the blood clot. Loss of the blood clot causes bleeding or a painful condition called, dry socket.
  6. Do not smoke. It is important that you do not smoke for at least 24 hours following the extraction as smoking promotes the likelihood of bleeding and further delays the healing. Smoking may also cause the dry socket.

Sometimes you may experience discomfort when opening your mouth. This is due to muscle spasm or trismus which usually heals on its own in a few days. A little bleeding, swelling and discomfort is normal after a tooth extraction, however, if you have any unusual bleeding beyond 4-6 hours post operation it is important that you contact you dentist immediately or seek assistance at your local emergency room if you are unable to reach your dentist.

If everything seems normal you can start to rinse with warm salt water 24 hours post operation and be sure to keep the area as clean as possible.
Visit your dentist for a checkup one week after the surgery so your dentist can remove any suture and examine the wound to make sure it is healing properly, unless you have complications in which case you need to visit your dentist sooner.

If you have any additional questions, please consult your dentist.