FOR YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION
Please follow these simple instructions to aid in your healing and comfort after your extraction.
- Bite down with moderate pressure on your cotton gauze for one hour following your extraction. This allows the area to start clotting, and thus healing.
- Occasional bleeding from the extraction site is a normal part of the healing process. This will occur for several days following the procedure. If the area does begin moderate bleeding, fold a piece of the sterile gauze into a small square and bite on it with moderate pressure for 10-15 minutes. This should stop the bleeding.
- The extraction site will not completely clot for 24 hours. During this time it is important to avoid the following activities: no smoking, drinking through a straw, rinsing or spitting. Any of these activities could dislodge the clot and could result in a painful condition called “Dry Socket”. Dry Socket can be identified by a bad taste, foul odor and increasing pain from the extraction area. It takes 2-3 days for Dry Socket to begin.
- After 24 hours have passed, rinse the extraction area frequently with warm salt water. This is the single best way to keep the area clean and promote healing.
- Applying ice to the side of your face where the extraction has occurred, is an excellent way to lessen pain for the first 24-48 hours for more difficult extractions.
- Take the pain medication that has been prescribed by your doctor as directed on the prescription label.
PLEASE CALL WITH ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS.