A tooth extraction procedure may result in a certain level of pain or discomfort. In order to alleviate some of that discomfort, we like to provide our patients with tooth extraction after care tips.
Tips for Dental Extraction After Care
During the first 24 hours after having a tooth extracted we want your blood to clot to help staunch the bleeding. This will reduce pain and start the healing process.
Here’s what we recommend during the first 24 hours:
- Bite firmly into a gauze pad for 30 to 60 minutes to encourage clotting. Don’t worry if you see some blood oozing at this time, as that is normal. It’s common for patients to worry if they see blood, but the combination of blood and saliva often makes the extraction look bloodier than it actually is.
- Do not spit or suck on pieces of candy.
- Drink with a straw during this time.
- Do not rinse your mouth or floss in the affected area.
- Don’t smoke for at least 72 hours.
- Try not to sneeze or cough. Many patients take sinus or allergy medication to prevent sneezing or coughing after a dental extraction procedure.
- Rest with your head on a raised pillow to reduce bleeding.
- Do not drink hot tea, coffee or carbonated sodas.
- Avoid hot or spicy foods.
- Feel free to take pain medication before the anesthetic fully wears off.
- An ice bag will reduce swelling. Use in intervals of 20 minutes on 20 minutes off.
- Once anesthetic has worn off you can eat soft foods on the opposite side of where the dental extraction procedure took place.
- A simple salt-water rinse can help to speed up the healing process.
After the first 24 hours of your tooth extraction after care, you can eat normally if it is comfortable for you. Be extra careful and gentle around the area of the dental extraction procedure, especially when brushing and flossing. Make sure to take your antibiotics (if prescribed) as instructed to reduce the risk of infection.
If any of the teeth that were worked on become uncomfortable or just don’t feel right, please call the office right away at 516-921-8010.