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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, replace the 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, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 5 days. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process. It is also important to avoid over the counter mouth rinses especially anything with Hydrogen Peroxide in it. Only use salt water to rinse for the first 5 days. Anything containing HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WILL CAUSE A DRY SOCKET, including whitening toothpastes. Avoid whitening toothpastes for 5 days after the extractions are done. Just use a standard toothpaste without whitening. 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 keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a couple of days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately at 619-334-8880.