How to Care for Your Mouth After a Tooth Extraction
We would like to thank you for trusting us with your dental care. We know many patients can be apprehensive prior to dental treatment and hope you had a good experience. To help insure long-term success for the surgical treatment, here is a list of recommendations to follow after leaving our office:
- After an extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. You will need to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the extraction. If bleeding or oozing continues after you removed the gauze pad, place another gauze pad in the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
- After the blood clot forms, it’s important you protect it, especially for the next 24 hours.
- DO NOT smoke, drink through a straw, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site.
- Limit your activities for the next 24 hours. This keeps your blood pressure lower, reduces bleeding and helps in the healing process.
- The extraction area may be sore afterwards. If there is discomfort, we recommend taking Advil [Ibuprofen] and/or Tylenol [Acetaminophen].
- Drink lots of fluids, eat only soft foods on the day of the extraction, and avoid hot & spicy foods.
- It’s important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, and you may resume normal activities after 24 hours.
Your health and comfort are our number one priorities. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.
Eastern Idaho Endodontics Root Canal Specialists