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After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another sterile gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.

After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke or drink alcohol for 5 days. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 3 days as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area for the first 24 hours only, will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid 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. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days, or a reaction to the medication, call the office immediately.

4845 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043 USA
Edward M. Boyczuk, D.M.D. Western NY Oral Surgery Practice (716) 668-3315 (716) 668-2447 depew@oralsurgeryofwny.com
2206 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760 USA
Edward M. Boyczuk, D.M.D. Western NY Oral Surgery Practice (716) 372-9044 (716) 373-1259 olean@oralsurgeryofwny.com
1947 Ridge Road, West Seneca, NY 14224 USA
Edward M. Boyczuk, D.M.D. Western NY Oral Surgery Practice (716) 675-9777 (716) 675-9645 westseneca@oralsurgeryofwny.com
22 South Buffalo Street, Springville, NY 14141 USA
Edward M. Boyczuk, D.M.D. Western NY Oral Surgery Practice (716) 592-9269 (716) 592-7147 springville@oralsurgeryofwny.com
413 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 USA
Edward M. Boyczuk, D.M.D. Western NY Oral Surgery Practice (585) 343-5267 (585) 343-5153 batavia@oralsurgeryofwny.com