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Home Care Instructions
– Extractions

Healing after extractions

After your extraction the healing process begins immediately after surgery. The body sends blood to nourish the tooth socket. To control excessive bleeding, you have been instructed to bite down on a piece of gauze, applying constant direct pressure to the area. This helps a blood clot to form in the socket. In a day or two after surgery, soft tissue begins to fill in the opening. New bone tissue also begins to grow in the socket, becoming denser over the next two to three months.

Pain and Swelling

As the anesthetic or prescribed pain medication wears off, you may experience some discomfort. Your gums and jaw may feel tender and sore. To make yourself more comfortable, take the prescribed pain medication as directed. It’s normal for your cheek to swell, but you can keep swelling to a minimum by placing ice packs on your cheeks during the initial 24 hours after surgery.

Healing Tips-Do’s

  • Do apply pressure to stop bleeding by placing the gauze directly over the extraction site.
  • Do apply ice packs to your face to reduce selling the day of surgery.
  • Do eat soft foods, such as soups, pasta, macaroni and cheese and scrambled eggs, after bleeding stops.
  • Do drink lots of fluid after the bleeding stops, drink out of a glass or cup.
  • Do take antibiotics or pain reducing medication, if prescribed.
  • Do keep your mouth clean.

Healing Tips-Dont’s

  • Don’t overexert yourself
  • Don’t chew hard or “ crunchy” foods, such as carrots or popcorn, in the area for 6 to 8 weeks. It could fracture the weakened jawbone.
  • Don’t brush the teeth in the area of surgery until the day after. Brush carefully.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth or spit forcefully the day of surgery; it could loosen the blood clot.
  • Don’t smoke after surgery, inhaling creates suction, and it could loosen the blood clot.
  • Don’t drink out of a can, straw or bottle.

Please call our office if you have . . .

  • Excessive bleeding or persistent swelling.
  • Persistent and severe pain or fever.
  • Reaction to medications

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