Care After Tooth Extraction

Care After Tooth Extraction

  1. Bite on gauze for 45 minutes. Do not chew on the gauze. Gauze is wet with salt water.
  2. To limit swelling, apply an ice pack to the cheek outside the surgery area, every 10 sec on and 5 sec off, for first two hours after surgery.
  3. Do not smoke. Smoking greatly increases the risk of dry socket and should be avoided for at least 4-7 days.
  4. Keep your head elevated on 2 or 3 pillows, or in a recliner. This will prevent excessive bleeding and improve your comfort.
  5. Do not spit forcibly or suck on the extraction site. Remember that excess saliva and a little bleeding will look like a lot of bleeding.
  6. If bleeding starts again, put tea bag wet with chilled water over the bleeding area and bite on it with firm, steady pressure for 30 minutes. If repeating this two times does not stop the bleeding, call our office.
  7. Drink lots of liquids, and eat anything you can swallow. Take only liquids and semi-solids, either cold or at room temperature. Avoid hot and hard food. Do not use a straw.
  8. The day after surgery, start rinsing the mouth very gently with half teaspoon of salt to a full glass of tea warm water. Continue for one week after every meal.
  9. REST! Avoid strenuous activity on the day of surgery. After this you may resume your usual activity as it becomes comfortable.
  10. If pain does not improve or increases after 72 hours, call us.

 

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