After Tooth Extraction | Branchburg NJ

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

Smoking is strongly discouraged for the first week after having an extraction, or any type of surgery, as smoking greatly increases the chances of postoperative complications such as dry socket, delayed healing, pain and infection.

Use pain medication as directed. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are not present. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day.

If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days after the procedure, or a reaction to the medication, call our office at Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery Phone Number 908-218-0300.