|What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?|
The dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the
extraction, the dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to
follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to
smoke rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These
activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward,
for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask the dentist about
pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t
clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
When having an extraction, today’s modern procedures and follow up care as
recommended by the dentist are there to provide you the patient great benefit
Post-Operative Extraction Instructions
- Bleeding – apply damp gauze over the extraction
site to prevent excessive bleeding and to promote the blood clot formation
to begin healing. Keep light, biting pressure on the gauze, changing the
gauze pads every 20-30 minutes until bleeding stops. If bleeding does not
slow down after an hour, bite on a wet tea bag for about one hour. Slight
bleeding may occur for up to two days. DO NOT suck on a straw or inhale on
a cigarette for about 48 hours. Doing so will loosen the blood clot or
retard its formation.
- Rinsing –Do not rinse your mouth the day of
the extraction. The following day you can rinse your mouth gently with a
glass of warm water mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt or two capfuls of Oxyfresh
Mouthrinse. Do this after each meal and at bedtime for at least one week.
- Swelling –Following an extraction, some
swelling and skin bruising may occur. An ice pack applied to the cheek will
keep it to a minimum. Place the ice pack on the affected area for 20
minutes on, twenty minutes off, for about 6 hours. If swelling occurs
overnight, use heat the next day using the same on-off method as for ice.
- Medications –If non-aspirin pain medication
doesn’t relieve the discomfort you may experience, a stronger medication can
be prescribed. If prescriptions are given, follow the directions as
- Food –A light diet of soft foods with plenty
of fluids is recommended for the first day. Avoid carbonated or hot
beverages. Chewing should be done away from the extraction site.
- Sleeping –If you nap or sleep following the
procedure, keep your head elevated by sleeping in a recliner or using an
extra pillow or two to keep your head elevated. Do this for several days.
- Oral Hygiene –Continue brushing and flossing,
being extra gentle near the extraction site. Apply Oxyfresh Gel to the
extraction site three times daily beginning the day of the extraction.
- Bone Chips –During healing, you may notice
small bony fragments working their way through the gums. Usually these
small fragments will disappear on their own, but if the situation needs for
us to remove them, we will be happy to do so.
Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a condition that
sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. When the socket is slow to heal,
the condition can be very painful for three to five days or so.
The dentist’s treatment may include cleaning the
site and placing a medicated dressing in the socket, which helps provide relief
of pain. The dentist may change the dressing daily until the pain diminishes
and the socket begins to heal. The dentist may recommend a non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or prescribe other pain
Cigarette smoking or other tobacco use can delay healing and should be avoided.
IF ANY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD OCCUR,
PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 979-968-5813.