EXTRACTIONS
   
 


Bleeding:

It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following an extraction. If heavier bleeding occurs do the following:

  • Place a piece of gauze over the surgery site.
  • Bite firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes. DO NOT chew on it.
  • If the bleeding continues moisten a tea bag and bite down on it for a half-hour.
  • Do not suck on the area where surgery occurred or drink through a straw during the first 48 hours.

Rinsing:

  • Do not spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of the surgery.
  • The day after the surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water.
  • You may brush your teeth and your tongue after the surgery. Be careful of the surgical site.

Eating:
You should start with liquids and soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following the surgery. If the area feels a little better, you can then move to a normal diet. Be careful of chewing on hard foods near the surgical area.

 
   
 

Pain and Swelling:

  • It is normal to experience some degree of swelling.
  • If you do experience swelling, you can place ice on your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This should help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first 36 hours.
  • If you feel discomfort, it is recommended that you take Advil or Tylenol to ease the pain. If the pain persists contact the office.

Smoking:
Refrain from smoking while the extraction site is healing to avoid dry socket.

 
 
 
   

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