The extraction site heals by forming clot within the socket. The blood clot can be pulled out of the socket by creating a vacuum in the mouth. When you drink through a straw, spit, or smoke, you create this vacuum so avoid these activities for at least 48 hours. Also, continue to floss and brush your teeth, but do not brush the socket and do not use a mouth rinse for at least 48 hours. After 48 hours, you may start to rinse with salt water.
Continue to bite on the gauze for 30-45 minutes and then replace with new gauze and continue to apply pressure to the site of extraction by biting down. Blood mixes with saliva and it may appear as if you are bleeding a lot, please do not let this concern you. Bleeding may continue for 24 hours, however, if severe bleeding continues after 24 hours then please call the office.
Because a tooth extraction is a surgical procedure, it is important to allow your body time to heal itself. The day of the extraction, you should consume lots of fluids and only eat soft foods so as to not disrupt the extraction site. Avoid eating crunchy foods, such as tortilla chips or popcorn, near the extraction site because the food can get into the socket and prevent healing. After 48 hours, you can go back to normal eating habits.
You may be sore and swollen for a couple days, but the swelling usually begins to subside after 48 hours. During the first 48 hours avoid exercise. If the pain does not decrease, use pain medication as directed and call the office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them until all the medication is gone, even if symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
If you had sutures placed, the sutures will dissolve and fall out. If they have not come out after 7 days, please call the office and we will remove them.