After Extractions

After Tooth Extraction

Home Instructions After the Removal of a Single Tooth

After tooth extraction, ensuring the formation of a blood clot is paramount to halt bleeding and initiate the healing process. Following your dental appointment, it becomes imperative to bite down on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes. This promotes the development of a protective clot at the extraction site, preventing further bleeding and allowing crucial recovery mechanisms to commence.

In case bleeding or oozing persists beyond this initial timeframe, placing an additional gauze pad firmly clenched between the teeth for another half-hour may be necessary. It is important to note that repeating this procedure multiple times might be required until such time as the flow of blood ceases completely. 

Do Not Disturb the Blood Clot 

After the blood clot forms, it is crucial to exercise caution and refrain from any actions that may disturb or dislodge it in order to ensure a smooth healing process. To safeguard the clot's stability, it is advised not to rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol, or brush teeth near the extraction area for at least 72 hours. Engaging in these activities might inadvertently dislodge or dissolve the forming clot and impede proper healing.

Additionally, it is important to limit strenuous exercise for the following 24 hours as this could elevate blood pressure levels and potentially lead to additional bleeding at the extraction site. 

Use Ice Packs 

After the tooth is extracted, it is not uncommon to encounter some discomfort and swelling in the affected area. However, there are proactive measures that can be taken to alleviate these post-extraction symptoms. By applying an ice pack on the site of extraction, patients can effectively minimize any potential swelling that may arise. 

Take Medications as Directed 

To ensure a smooth healing process after a tooth extraction, we highly recommend using pain medication as directed by our experienced professionals. However, if you find that the prescribed medication does not seem to be alleviating your discomfort adequately, it is essential to reach out to our office promptly. Furthermore, if antibiotics are part of your treatment plan, it is crucial to continue taking them for the entire recommended duration, even if signs of infection subside. 

Hydrate Yourself 

On the day of your extraction, focus on hydrating yourself with plenty of fluids and consuming nutritious soft foods. As soon as you feel comfortable enough, resume your normal eating habits without hesitation. 

Follow Good Oral Hygiene Practices 

After 24 hours post-extraction, don't forget to resume brushing and flossing; this will accelerate the healing process while ensuring optimal oral hygiene. Following a few days of restorative care and attaining overall comfortability once again, feel free to resume all regular activities seamlessly. 

Reach Out to Us if Needed 

It's important to note that, in case you experience heavy bleeding or severe pain lasting beyond a couple of days or encounter continued swelling or an adverse reaction to prescribed medications during recovery, you should immediately contact our dedicated team at Morristown Oral Surgery & Implantology Associates so that we can provide prompt assistance tailored specifically for you.


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